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Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show: June 3 to 6 Cam-Plex Energy Hall, Gillette


The 2009 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show will be held June 3 to 6 at the Cam-Plex Energy Hall in Gillette. The convention's theme is "Bringing Agriculture's Energy to Wyoming's Energy Capitol" and will include presentations and discussions on issues facing the cattle industry. Though the event is hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, non-members are welcome to attend. Other convention partners are the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust and the Wyoming CattleWomen.

The convention will kick off at 1 p.m., June 3 with an Energy Tour. Buses will leave from the Cam-Plex and will make 5 stops--Luca/Patriot Mixing Plant, CBM water/nutrient injection points, Devon Energy irrigation pivots, Basin Electric Dry Fork Power Plant, and Eagle Butte Coal Mine.

The Fort Dodge Animal Health Welcome Barbecue will be held at the Cam-Plex Energy Hall at 7 p.m., June 3.

June 4 has a busy agenda will include an opening general session with keynote speaker Steve Kippered. Steve will bring his expertise on activist assaults on animal agriculture. He has spoken to audiences in North and South America about the threats to food production mounted by such well-funded organizations as HSUS and PETA. At each appearance Steve explains the threats behind the recent successes of animal activism and what is means to the future of beef producers.

Committee meetings will also be held June 4, as well as CattleWomen meetings, a luncheon sponsored by the Coalbed Natural Gas Alliance, and an evening barbecue hosted by Pinnacle Bank of Wyoming.

The annual Prayer Breakfast will commence June 5, followed by a general session that will include presentations by Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief of the United States Forest Service, and Dan Grossman of the Environmental Defense Fund. Attendees will then hear from Dill Donald with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Brett Stewart presenting a CattleFax report.

The annual Awards Luncheon, sponsored by EnCana Oil and Gas USA and the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust, take place at noon June 5. The June 5 program will conclude with a banquet featuring the installation of new officers and recognition of outgoing officers. Entertainment June 5 will be Baxter Black.

June 6 will start out with the Cowboy Brunch featuring invited speakers Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso, and Representative Cynthia Lummis. The June 6 general session speakers include Indy Burke with the Ruckelshaus Institute for Environmental and Natural Resources; the governor's wind energy consultant, Aaron Clark; Lynn Boomgaarden with State Lands and Investments, Bill Bullard with R-CALF, and Perry Pendley with Mountain States Legal Foundation. The convention will commence at noon June 6.

With any questions about the convention call 307-638-3942 or visit www.wysga.org to pre-register or get a copy of the preliminary agenda.

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