Calling all cattlemen to Kansas City

Farm Forum

No matter how you make your living in the cattle business, there’s a place for you at the 2014 Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show. The event, scheduled Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo., is a meeting place for everyone with an interest in quality beef production.

The $25 early-bird registration fee, applicable until Oct. 1, grants access to Angus University, a comprehensive all-day educational event; and nationally known entertainers, including cowboy comedian Baxter Black, country legend John Michael Montgomery and an Eagles tribute band. Plus, all attendees will be given a chance to win a brand-new Yamaha Viking VI.

“The Angus breed offers much to the industry, and the Association is proud to welcome all partners to the convention this fall,” says Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association® chief executive officer. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for everyone with a stake in the success of the beef cattle business to congregate, share ideas, see old friends, make new ones and enjoy an in-depth look at the future of our industry.”

Other schedule highlights include a slate of acclaimed speakers, such as Richard Picciotto – the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, and two evening galas on the Trade Show floor, featuring nearly 100 allied industry partners.

Angus University

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, Angus University will be held Nov. 3 and is themed “The Story of the Steak.” The day-long event builds on the successful television and editorial campaign developed by High Plains Journal. The “Story of a Steak” series, which appears on The Angus Report, a news program on RFD-TV, emphasizes the importance of all industry sectors working together collaboratively to improve the quality of beef and the profitability of producers, feeders and packers.

Headlining the event will be keynote futurist Lowell Catlett who will share his perspectives on emerging technologies and their potential impacts on the cattle industry.

In addition, Angus University will feature speakers representing all sectors of the beef industry – from ranchers to chefs – and include producers and others profiled in the successful TV segments.

“The ‘Story of a Steak’ expands upon some of the most pressing and engaging topics facing the cattle industry today,” Schumann says. “By bringing together every sector of the business, we, along with our generous sponsors at Merck Animal Health, hope to inspire creativity and collaboration to meet these challenges and opportunities.”

Also during the convention, Angus Means Business Workshops on Nov. 4 will provide practical applications for a variety of tasks on the farm or ranch. Commercial programs, record keeping, financial planning and marketing are a few topics that will be covered throughout the afternoon sessions.

How to register

Following the early-bird deadline on Oct. 1, registration increases from $25 per person to $50. Sign up for the Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show online today, and you’ll be entered to win a brand-new Yamaha Viking VI.

All convention events take place at the KCI Expo Center, just a short drive from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). An American Angus Association National Convention room block is available at several hotels throughout the area: Candlewood Inn KCI, Residence Inn KCI, Courtyard Kansas City Airport, Hampton Inn Kansas City Airport and the Four Points by Sheraton. More detailed information on hotels and the location can be found online.

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