Friday, September 20, 2013

Beef Producers Invited to Conference in Bolivar Oct. 15

Contact: Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Polk County
Tel: (417) 326-4916

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension will host the Sixth Annual “Southwest Missouri Beef Conference” starting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the community rooms at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

“Beef producers have experienced many challenges in the last few years including drought, high input prices, fluctuating cattle prices, and more.  The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Management is the Key to Success’,” said Wesley Tucker, an agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Tucker says that each topic at this year’s conference has been selected based on the needs of Southwest Missouri cattlemen.

“Through this conference we hope to provide producers with practical management tips they can use to focus on improving the profitability of their operations,” said Tucker. This conference is for anyone in Southwest Missouri that’s interested in actually making money in the cattle business is welcome to attend.”

Planned conference topics include: “The U.S. Cattle Industry—History, Cycles, & Trends” by Dr. Ron Plain, MU Agricultural Economist; “Estate Planning—What You Need to Know” by Kendall Vickers, Attorney At Law, Vickers Law Firm; “Controlling Thistles & Other Difficult Weeds After   A Drought” by Dr. Kevin Bradley, MU State Weeds Specialist; “The Role of Legumes in Improving our Forages” by Brie Menjoulet, MU Extension Agronomy Specialist; and “Legislative Update” with Missouri Senator Mike Parson, and area State Representatives Sue Entlicher and Sandy Crawford.

The cost for producers to attend the conference is $5 per person. That includes an excellent catered beef dinner for those who register prior to Oct 11.

For more information about attending the conference or to RSVP for the program call the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916 or

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online at


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