The annual Farmers and Ranchers Cow/Calf College "Partners in Progress--Beef Seminar" will be held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and Great Plains Veterinary Education Center near Clay Center on Jan. 28. Registration for the free event begins at 9 a.m.
The program is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Farmers and Ranchers College. This year's theme will center on celebrations of two note-worthy events. MARC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and UNL Extension is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Smith Lever Act and Extension at UNL.
There are other topics of interest to cattlemen as well. The seminar features internationally recognized speakers.
The "Cow/Calf College" will kick off with John Pollak, director of MARC, and Dale Groteluschen, director of the vet education center, each of whom who will give a welcome and a quick overview of their respective facilities. Pollak also will speak on MARC's 0-year history." He will be followed by Ronnie Green, NU vice president and IANR vice chancellor, who will give his thoughts on "Innovating the Beef Industry: Living in 2013 but Thinking in 2050".
There will be a special recognition for a long-time Beef Quality Assurance leader, Dee Griffin, by the Nebraska BQA director and Farmers & Ranchers College.
Noon sessions feature Doug Straight of the Nebraska Beef Council and Rob Eirich, Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance director.
Other speakers are Chuck Hibberd, UNL Dean of Extension, who will kick of the celebration of the Smith Lever Act and UNL Extension with "UNL Extension:100 Years Young and Just Getting Started;" Terry Klopfenstein, UNL animal science professor emeritus in ruminant nutrition; and Jerry Volesky, UNL range and forage systems specialist.
The latter two presentations should help beef producers look at feed resource alternatives and management suggestions for recovering from the drought.
Pre-register by noon Jan. 24 at the UNL Extension Office at 621 North Cedar, Red Cloud, NE 68930, or call 402-746-3417 to insure a seat, lunch and proceedings for the day. Walk-ins are accepted, but may not get a lunch. You may also email your registration to Dewey Lienemann at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information may be found at the Webster County UNL Extension site at: http://www.webster.unl.edu .