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AEM 2004 Ag Marketing Seminar
July 13, Rosemont, Ill.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will meet at the Holiday Inn O’Hare International in Rosemont. The seminar is geared toward marketing, sales and management executives and account managers, as well as market analysts from the ag equipment industry.
Seminar details and registration forms are available online at www.aem.org/education/confsems/agmarketing.

MU field days
July 13; Aug. 5, 24; Sept. 2, 8, 10; Oct. 8, 16, Missouri
University of 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.

Southern Belle Invitation
July 16-18, Tunica, Miss.
The Tunica Arena and Exposition Center will host the Southern Belle Invitation, a national livestock event expected to draw a record crowd and bring more than 1,000 people exhibiting 600 horses. The South’s largest pleasure show futurity will spotlight world-renowned trainers and quarter horses competing for cash prizes, which exceeded $135,000 last year.

12th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals
July 19-22, East Lansing, Mich.
The conference will take place on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus. The early registration deadline has been extended to June 15. Registration information and other details can be found at the conference Web site, http://12icpd.cvm.msu.edu.

Risk management workshop
July 23-24, Rock Falls, Ill.
The Illinois Beef Association (IBA), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) will host a risk management workshop titled, "Marketing Your Way to Profitability," in conjunction with the IBA annual meeting at the Deer Valley Country Club in Rock Falls. The session, taught by CME representatives and Cattle-Fax analysts, will feature hands-on training in using futures and options as marketing tools. Registration costs $100 for NCBA members or state affiliates, and $150 for nonmembers. One-day registration is also available for $60 and $75, respectively. Nonmembers can join IBA during registration to obtain the member rate. For more information and/or to register, contact the IBA at (217) 787-4280 or Renee Lloyd at (303) 850-3373 or rlloyd@beef.org.

2004 50th Annual TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course
Aug. 2-4, College Station, Texas
Texas A&M University (TAMU) will host the annual short course at the University Center and Rudder Tower, beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 2 and concluding at noon on Aug. 4. The program will address topics regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), export markets, national animal identification (ID), genetic technology, selection tools, efficient management practices and more. Cattle-handling facilities, pasture and forage management, and pesticide applicator training will also be just a few of the subjects covered during the three-day event. Participants can attend morning workshops in the Cattlemen’s College, followed by afternoon general sessions. A trade show will host more than 90 ag businesses and services at Rudder Tower. Registration for the event costs $120 and includes education materials, course proceedings, trade show admittance, some meals and refreshments. Registration is available online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu. Call (979) 845-6931 for more information.

2004 Cattle Industry Summer Conference
Aug. 9-13, Denver, Colo.
The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), NCBA, the American National CattleWomen Inc. (ANCW) and Cattle-Fax will host the summer meeting themed "Riding Point for the Industry." Onsite registration opens at noon on Aug. 9, followed by executive committee meetings of the CBB, NCBA and ANCW, and a Cattle-Fax board of directors meeting. Beef industry issues forums and NCBA regional and state meetings will be Aug. 11, as well as the ANCW board meeting and CBB update session. Committee meetings are scheduled for Aug. 12, followed by the CBB summer meeting and the NCBA board of directors meeting Aug. 13. Registration and hotel information is available at (303) 694-0305. Preregistration fees are $90 for ANCW members, $100 for NCBA or CBB members, and $200 for nonmembers. Visit www.beefusa.org for a complete schedule.

Employee Management for Production Agriculture Conference
Aug. 12-13, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Kansas State University (K-State) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) will host the fourth annual conference at the Westin Hotel in Oklahoma City. For more information or to register, visit the conference Web site at www.oznet.ksu.edu/employee or e-mail Sarah Fogleman, conference coordinator, at sfoglema@oznet.ksu.edu.

2004 Risk & Profit Conference and Trade Show
Aug. 19-20, Manhattan, Kan.
The theme of the 2004 Risk & Profit Conference will be "Advancing Ag Management with Economics." The event will be at the KSU Alumni Center in Manhattan and will focus on putting farmers and livestock producers in competitive positions by bringing them together with economic specialists in farm management, technology, marketing and policy issues.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman is scheduled to be the keynote speaker Aug. 19, and a trade show will feature agribusiness goods and services. Expected conference topics include the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its effects 10 years later, consumer reaction to BSE, agritourism, cattle price grids and much more.
Conference participants may choose to attend up to eight sessions. The preregistration fee, which includes all sessions, four meals, a CD-ROM of proceedings and a parking permit, is $160, or $185 at the door. For more information visit www.agmanager.info/programs.

Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory 5th Annual Open House
Aug. 25, Whitman, Neb.
The GSL fifth annual open house will include demonstrations on cattle and natural resource management, as well as exhibits and presentations from beef industry businesses, services and associations. A lunch is provided, and activities will be scheduled throughout the day. Please call (308) 532-3611, Ext. 124, or 1-800-657-2113, or e-mail eheil1@unl.edu to RSVP by Aug. 18. For more information call Don Adams at (308) 532-3611, Ext. 133.

NAAB annual convention and technical conference
Sept. 16-17, 17-18, Milwaukee, Wis.
The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) 58th Annual Convention will be Sept. 16-17, and the 20th Biennial Technical Conference will be Sept. 17-18. The Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Milwaukee will serve as the headquarters for both events. The convention is expected to draw about 200-250 people, and will follow the same scheduling format as the 2002 event. A variety of speakers will present scientific developments and discuss important technical issues in artificial insemination (AI). For registration information contact Mary Derby at NAAB, PO Box 1033, Columbia, MO 65205; (573) 445-4406; or naab-css@naab-css.org.

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