A full slate of meetings and activities are in store for cattle producers attending the 2005 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The conference will be held in downtown Denver, July 26 to 30. It is sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW) and Cattle-Fax.

Early arrivals will be welcomed with a day of summer fun on Tuesday, July 26. The NCBA-PAC Golf Tournament will be held at beautiful Arrowhead Golf Club, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Located in Roxborough State Park just south of Denver, Arrowhead Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in the nation. This fund-raising event not only offers participants a spectacular day of golf, but also an opportunity to support the efforts of the NCBA Political Action Committee.

ANCW will also hold a full day of meetings on July 26, then welcomes conference attendees with an ice cream social and affiliate showcase, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday's agenda is reserved for business meetings of the sponsoring organizations, including the NCBA Executive Committee, ANCW Executive Committee, Cattle-Fax Board of Directors and the CBB Executive Committee and Administration Subcommittee. For those attendees with free time on Wednesday, Denver offers a long list of summer activities. You can see major league baseball downtown at Coors Field, take your family to Six Flags Elitch Gardens amusement park, or head for Colorado's beautiful high country for a day of outdoor enjoyment.

Thursday offers a full day of cattle industry issues forums, council meetings and regional caucus meetings. This is your opportunity to participate with top industry experts and association officers in discussions of international trade, animal ID, beef safety and other critical issues. NCBA and ANCW will also sponsor a Student Day of Education on Thursday. College and college-bound students interested in a career in agriculture have the opportunity to attend industry issues forums in the morning, as well as an afternoon panel discussion with professionals in the fields of ag journalism, agricultural sciences, and production agriculture. Students will conclude their day with a workshop refining their resume-writing and career development skills.

Thursday concludes with "Western Swing," an evening of dining and dancing featuring the renowned Denver entertainment group "Western Flyer."

NCBA Policy committee and subcommittee meetings and Joint Industry committee and subcommittee meetings dominate Friday's agenda. Evening events include the NCBA-PAC VIP reception and the CBB reception and dinner. The conference adjourns on Saturday, July 30, with a CBB meeting and NCBA Board of Directors meeting.

Cattle producers will find a full conference registration brochure, with registration and housing forms, in the May issue of the Beef Business Bulletin. For more information about the 2005 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, please contact the Convention Department at 303/694-0305 or go online at www.BeefUSA.org.

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