Summer Beef Conference Focuses on Rebuilding Herds

It's more important than ever to engage younger generations in farming and ranching.

Published on: Jul 22, 2010

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has scheduled its Summer Conference for July 28 through Aug. 1 in Denver, Colorado. According to NCBA President and Illinois cattle producer Steve Foglesong the Summer Conference is more than determining NCBA's policies, the event is a portal of excellent information for cattle producers.

Featured will be the industry's "Rebuilding the Herd" panel that specifically addresses the shrinkage in the U.S. cattle herd. Gregg Doud, NCBA Chief Economist, says the panel is also about rebuilding the people involved in the industry. Doud says it's more important than ever to engage younger generations in farming and ranching. He says the future of the industry depends on sustaining farms and ranches for younger generations. Doug says it's important to extend the discussion beyond what it takes to retain and develop heifers and the cattle cycle. He says there are other factors at work and this discussion is an attempt to flesh out the challenges to the future growth of the industry.

Foglesong says another panel at the meeting will focus on the trade relationship between the United States and Mexico.