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Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference set for March 2


The 41st Annual Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 2 at the National Guard Armory in Monett, Mo.

Presentations begin at 4 p.m., but a number of beef-related businesses will open their trade show exhibits at 3:30 p.m.

Vern Pierce, Ph.D., a professor of agriculture law, business and economics at the University of Missouri, will speak first on "Tools for Transfer-Basic Estate Planning."

Bryon Wiegand, Ph.D., leader of the commercial agriculture meats team at the University of Missouri, will follow with "Deciphering Beef Grades & Branded Product."

At 5:30 p.m., Jason McCann, president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, will speak about the association's hot-button issues.

The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association will serve their famous chili for supper between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The evening session kicks off with Justin Sexten, Ph.D., a beef nutrition specialist with University of Missouri Extension, sharing tips on making backgrounding of calves more profitable.

Wrapping up the program will be Gregg Doud, chief economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Washington, D.C. He will explore the economic future of beef, international trade, consumer demand and more.

The conference is a joint effort of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association, University of Missouri Extension, trade show exhibitors and several area banks.

Advance registration is not necessary. However, if you have questions about the conference program, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in Mt. Vernon at 417-466-3102.

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