U.S. Cattlemen’s Association membership meeting Oct. 3 in Bismarck

Farm Forum

USCA — The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) will hold its annual directors’ and membership meeting in conjunction with the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota’s (I-BAND) annual meeting at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel in Bismarck, N.D., on October 3 and 4.

The two-day, dual event will feature speakers from across the country including USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos; Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation; National Farmers Union; Dr. Susan Keller, North Dakota State Veterinarian and award-winning agriculture journalist Alan Guebert.

Sessions begin both days at 9:00 a.m. Brian Klippenstein, Executive Director of Protect the Harvest will make a presentation at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 3. Mr. Klippenstein will be speaking on the animal rights movement in America, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has evolved into a wealthy and successful attack group determined to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses, and even ban animal ownership (including pets) altogether.

Guebert, a keynote speaker for the event, writes the syndicated agriculture column “The Farm and Food File,” which appears weekly in more than 70 newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is also a contributor to the online publication “Daily Yonder.” A social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, followed by a banquet.

“You don’t have to be a member to attend this two-day event,” said Kenny Graner, I-BAND President. “We just want cattle producers to come and enjoy themselves in a fun and festive atmosphere while learning about different issues affecting our businesses.”

Hotel reservations must be made by September 19 to receive the special USCA rate. To make reservations call the Ramada Bismarck Hotel at 701/258-7000.