OKEMOS — If you’re a beef producer focusing on profitability — and who isn’t these days? — make plans to attend the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association’s (MCA) 2019 MCA Annual Conference and Education Program on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at AgroLiquid headquarters in St. Johns, Mich.
According to MCA Executive Vice President George Quackenbush, the event will feature speakers and sessions covering a variety of topics pertaining to farm and ranch owners and managers who are focused on the association’s annual business meeting and a top-notch producer-education program.
“Attendees can choose between two educational tracks, each geared toward enhancing the cattle producer’s bottom line,” Quackenbush said.
The first track, Technology, Trade, and Economics, will feature a discussion on Innovative Cattle Feeding Technologies with Dr. Dale Blasi from Kansas State University. Kent Bacus, director of international trade and market access, will join the group virtually for an update on U.S. trade policy.
Dr. Melissa McKendree, assistant professor at Michigan State University, will present research on how changes in retail and export beef demand affect fed- and feeder-cattle supply and demands, and provide a beef industry economic outlook.
The second track, Consumer Trust and Beef Quality Assurance Certification (BQA), will focus on production-related requirements by beef packers and end-users from the cattle industry. Lindsay Green, president of the Michigan Ag Council, will share questions from Michigan consumers about how their food is being raised.
Dr. Dan Buskirk and the MSU Extension Beef Team will round out this track by leading a BQA training session. Producers attending this session will become BQA-certified and meet current packer requirements.
In addition to the educational tracks, members will discuss and set policy during the association’s business meeting. Ten cattle producers will be elected to the MCA board of directors and special presentations will be made. One presentation will introduce a new Michigan cattle industry needs assessment.
“Our policy establishes MCA’s position on critical issues,” Quackenbush said. “Members who attend the annual meeting can directly influence MCA’s policy on those issues and how we approach them with decision makers in Lansing and in Washington, D.C.”
The annual business meeting begins at 10 a.m. Participants will have opportunities to interact with speakers and other producers.
Cattlemen and women interested in attending the event should register at the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association website, www.MICattlemen.org, or contact the MCA office at 517-347-8117.