Registration for the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting 2009 is now open at The April 30-May 3 conference is set for the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, CA. Themed “California Beef Rush ’09,” the tentative schedule can be viewed at

A special BIF hotel rate of $139/night is only available through April 3. Make hotel reservations online at

The annual Frank Baker Beef Improvement Essay Contest offers two, $1,000 scholarships for students to attend the 2009 BIF meeting. Four, $250 student travel fellowships also are available. Go to for more details.