CSU Ag Day
Sept. 25, Fort Collins, Colo.
Colorado State Universitys (CSUs) College of Agricultural Sciences, state ag organizations and the CSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host the annual CSU Ag Day celebration, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. The event, which will feature a barbecue celebrating Colorados agricultural products, is in conjunction with the CSU-Montana State University (MSU) football game, beginning at 1 p.m. Live entertainment will also be provided, and the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is providing a drawing for two Frontier Airlines tickets to anywhere the company flies. Tickets to the event are $15, and combination tickets for both the barbecue and football game are available for $40. Proceeds from the barbecue help fund CSU scholarships.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call (970) 491-6497
Texas Beef Quality Producer sessions
September, October and November; Texas and Oklahoma
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), along with the Texas Beef Council and the Texas Cooperative Extension, is offering free training to producers in Texas and Oklahoma hoping to learn beef quality assurance (BQA) principles and to achieve or renew Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) accreditation.
Producers looking for first-time accreditation can choose from several eight-hour sessions. TBQP hopefuls must complete Level I training, which includes BQA principles, industry updates, marketing strategies, recordkeeping, cattle-handling, culling, vaccine and drug use, and more. Level II training will explore requirements needed to receive and maintain full TBQP certification.
Current TBQP participants hoping to maintain certification can attend free update sessions scheduled throughout Texas. Sessions are also scheduled exclusively for veterinarians looking into the TBQP program.
For more information or to make reservations, contact Mark Perrier at 1-800-242-7820, Ext. 118. To view a complete schedule, visit the TSCRA Web site at www.texascattleraisers.org.
Young Ag Leadership Conference
Oct. 1-3, Bozeman, Mont.
Six Montana agricultural groups will host the inaugural Youth Ag Leadership Conference, geared toward individuals 18-40 years of age involved with or concerned about the states ag industry. The event will feature hands-on workshops, discussion groups and network development. Topics will include value-added and international marketing, media training, financial planning, ag policy lobbying and more. The conference will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, continuing into a full day of eight workshops on Saturday. Recording artist Ken Overcast is scheduled to provide entertainment.
A $35 registration fee includes conference fees and meals. The registration deadline is Sept. 17. For more information or to register, visit www.mfbf.org; contact Tiffanie Huson at (406) 581-6545 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact Danielle Rau at (406) 582-4109 or email@example.com.
All Breeds Cattle Tour
Oct. 4-5, Lisbon, N.D.
The North Dakota Stockmens Association (NDSA) and its Purebred Council are coordinating the 18th annual All Breeds Cattle Tour, with registration beginning at 7 a.m., Oct. 4 at the Super 8 Motel in Lisbon. Fourteen seedstock operations representing Angus, BueLingo, Chiangus, Longhorn, Lowline, Red Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeds will be featured at the tour stops. Buses will depart from the hotel at 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Lunch and dinner will be provided at various stops, and registration and bus transportation is free.
Contact NDSA Member Services Director Tracey Koester at (701) 223-2522 for more information.
MU field days
Sept. 10; Oct. 8, 16, Missouri
MU has released its 2004 field day schedule. Advancements in crop, livestock, horticultural and agroforestry research will be on display during the field days scheduled throughout Missouri. For more information and a complete schedule, visit http://aes.missouri.edu/calendar.stm.
2004 Tri-State Hay Show
Oct. 19-21, Moultrie, Ga.
The hay show will allow hay producers to learn about hay quality and compete for recognition among top hay producers in three states. The event includes a forage quality competition and educational seminars during the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie. It is organized by the expo, as well as Extension agents and forage specialists from land-grant universities in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. For more information visit www.georgiaforages.com.