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Upcoming Industry Events

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.

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.

Nebraska Angus Ass’n Tour
Sept. 10-11, Norfolk
The tour will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m., with buses departing from the Holiday Inn Express, Norfolk. The first stop will be at Northeast Community College, Norfolk, with displays by multiple Angus herds. A tour of Affiliated Foods, Norfolk, and Weborg Farms Feedlot, Pender, is on the agenda for the afternoon. Dinner will be at the Cuming County Fairgrounds with displays by area Angus breeders.
Saturday will start at 8 a.m., with buses departing the hotel for tour stops at Norfolk, Creighton, Verdigre and Fullerton. Stops will include displays by multiple Nebraska Angus producers. Buses are scheduled to arrive back in Norfolk at 5:30 p.m.
For more information go to www.nebraskaangus.org.

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.

Beef Stocker Field Day
Sept. 17, Manhattan, Kan.
The field day will take place at Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Beef Stocker Unit, three miles west of Manhattan on Marlatt Avenue. The program will include a demonstration featuring animal identification (ID) technology, a national animal ID update, and breakout sessions on cattle prices, bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), insecticide technology, management practices and more. A $20 registration fee will include the program, a barbecue brisket lunch and a "Rocky Mountain oyster" fry. Participants may also choose to purchase tickets to the K-State football game scheduled for the following day.
Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information contact Lois Schreiner at (785) 532-1267 or lschrein@oznet.ksu.edu.

Farm Science Review
Sept. 21-23, London, Ohio
Ohio State University’s (OSU’s) College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) are sponsoring the Farm Science Review at the 2,100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center, located two miles north of London on U.S. Route 40.
Hundreds of demonstration plots will be set up, and several million dollars worth of machinery will be on display. Farm and home safety and health information will be featured, Global Positioning System (GPS) demonstrations will be available, and natural resource management and conservation practices will be discussed. An arts and crafts exhibit will also be on site.
Admission is $8 at the gate or $5 in advance. Children younger than 5 years will be admitted free of charge. For more information visit www.fsr.osu.edu.

Young Ag Leadership Conference
Oct. 1-3, Bozeman, Mont.
Six Montana agricultural groups will host the first-ever conference, geared toward individuals 18-40 years of age involved with or concerned about the state’s 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 4 p.m. Friday, continuing into a full day of eight workshops on Saturday. Recording artist Ken Overcast is scheduled to provide entertainment.
A $25 registration fee will include conference fees and meals. Registration deadline is Sept. 17. For more information or to register, contact Tiffanie Huson at (406) 581-6545 or tiffanie.huson@usbank.com, or contact Danielle Rau at (406) 582-4109 or danieller@mfbf.org.

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.

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