American Angus Association hires regional manager for Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas.

Farm Forum

Located in 12 geographical locations across the country, American Angus Association regional managers are the feet on the ground for the organization’s nearly 25,000 members. They are a dedicated group of representatives who travel countless miles promoting the Angus breed and helping cattle producers secure high quality genetics.

Adam Conover, a central Iowa native, will join the Association’s regional manager team May 26 to serve the states of Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. Conover has been involved with livestock all his life, and was raised on a fourth-generation farm specializing in beef cattle, hogs and sheep.

A former National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) member, he has traveled to livestock shows across the United States and Canada, showcasing the family’s Angus genetics. Over his career, he is also proud to have judged state and regional livestock shows from coast to coast.

“Any place in the country or world is a good place to be in the Angus business,” Conover says. “As far as the Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas territory, that’s a region of the country where my roots run the deepest. Right there in the heartland, there’s a bunch of really grassroots people who will be great to connect with and get to know.”

As a regional manager, Conover will play a significant role in helping Association members identify herd goals, learn new programs and services, and grow into the future. He will represent the Angus breed at various cattle events, sales, shows and other activities throughout the territory. Breeders are encouraged to ask him questions about Association programs and services, or for help locating Angus seedstock.

Conover can also advise producers on marketing opportunities available through the Association, including advertising through the Angus Journal and other avenues.

“Adam is a thoughtful, dedicated professional who is sure to make a terrific impact with our membership,” says Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer. “We look forward to having him on our team and the role he will play in the future of the Angus breed.”

A graduate from Iowa State University, Conover holds a master’s degree in animal science, where his thesis focused on growth and development in feedlot cattle. Before joining the American Angus Association, he spent more than 10 years working in academia.

Conover most recently served as an academic specialist at Michigan State University. He taught animal science courses, coached the livestock judging team, and coordinated the beef and swine technologies programs. In addition, Conover has been involved with the Michigan Livestock Expo as the show’s manager, and helping organize the state 4-H and FFA livestock judging competition.

Prior to moving to Michigan, Conover was the assistant livestock manager at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., for three years; and was manager at the Iowa State University swine teaching farm in Ames, Iowa.

“What a field of opportunity that lay in front of me,” Conover says. “The chance to be a resource for people who are passionate about the Angus business and who want to keep moving it forward; I am honored for this opportunity.”

Feel free to contact Conover at or 267-221-3065. He will be relocating to central Missouri prior to beginning his position in late May.

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