In any business, staying up on current trends and technologies is a must. What are customers looking for? What new tools are available to help you do your job more effectively and efficiently? Which markets are offering more or less opportunity? What potential challenges do government regulations hold for your operation?
There are all kind of sources for this information. Certainly, sources such as BEEF or BEEF Daily strive to present you with this kind of information every day. But another great source is industry meetings where attendees not only can receive this information, but take part in the give and take with other producers and the experts presenting the information.
Two such meetings are coming up in the next couple of weeks. Both are biennial meetings, so the information presented tends to be more comprehensive than that presented in annual meetings.
The Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) XXII is set for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Mitchell, NE, at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds. RBCS is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and animal science departments of the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska. The meeting alternates between those four states and is one of the top educational programs for cow-calf producers, offering practical production management information. You can learn more about the conference here.
By the way, a bus has been chartered to take South Dakotans interested in attending RCBS, and will leave Brookings on Nov. 28, picking up individuals at designated locations across the state. It will return Dec. 1. The bus ride is free but seats are first-come, first-served. Contact Julie Walker at 605-688-5458 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
For folks in the Southeast, there’s the Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference, set for Dec. 1 at the Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, AL. This conference is noted for bringing to the Yellowhammer State outstanding professionals to share with Alabama producers, Extension, government and university staff, and others, current information and research that will help each do a better job of producing food, protecting the environment and wisely using natural resources.
This year’s meeting, which is themed "Optimizing Forage Production & Management," includes speakers from seven states and is sponsored by the Alabama Forage and Grassland Coalition, which includes the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Farmers’ Federation, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Association of soil and Water Conservation Districts.
You can learn more by contacting Eddie Jolley, USDA conservation agronomist, in Auburn at 334-887-4564 or visit www.al.nrcs.usda.gov.