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Monday, February 22, 2010

From 19 to 22 agri-business vendors and service providers will participate at the Monett Chamber of Commerce's trade show for its ag conferecne on March 2. Last year's show is seen above. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The latest analysis of market trends and strategies for surviving in present economic conditions will be presented by speakers at the Monett Chamber of Commerce's annual agricultural conferences, slated for March 2 at the Monett National Guard Armory.

The 41st annual Monett Dairy Day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. The program will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for lunch, and advance registration is not required.

Since 1969 this long-running educational event has presented research-based information to area dairy producers to assist them in making management decisions.

According to Tony Rickard, dairy specialist for the University of Missouri Extension Service in Barry County, expected low milk prices for the current year will present major challenges to area producers. Topics discussed at the conference will assist dairy farmers in confronting these issues.

Dr. Stacey Hamilton, Extension dairy specialist in Mt. Vernon, will open the program discussing herd reproductive issues. Dr. Scott Brown, program director for the Food and Agriculture Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri in Columbia, will discuss the dairy outlook for 2010.

Following lunch, Jerry Erpelding, herd analyst and consultant with Accelerated Genetics in Minnesota, will give his view of how Genomics fit into a dairy operation.

A roundtable will conclude the program, featuring dairy producers Charles Fletcher, from Purdy, and Darron Schoen, from Freistatt, speaking on how to use D.H.I.A.

Lunch will be provided compliments of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, The dairy day is co-sponsored by Barry County Extension and the Monett Chamber of Commerce and is open to all. For more information contact Rickard at the Barry County Extension office at 417-847-3161.

The 41st annual Beef Cattlemen's Conference will begin with registration at 3:30 p.m. Opening the program at 4 p.m. will be Dr. Vern Pierce, Extension professor of agriculture law, business and economics at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Pierce will speak about basic estate planning and tools for transferring ownership.

Dr. Bryon Wiegand, commercial agriculture meats team leader at the University of Missouri, will speak at 4:45 p.m. on "Deciphering Beef Grades and Branded Product Labels." He will be followed by a report from Jason McCann, of Miller, president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, on the current state of the industry.

Dinner will be provided by the chamber at 5:50 p.m. The chili supper will be prepared by the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association.

Resuming presentations, Dr. Justin Sexten, an Extension beef nutrition specialist, from Columbia, will speak on his six keys for stocker success at 7 p.m. Concluding the program will be Gregg Doud, chief economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, in Washington, D.C., speaking at 7:45 p.m. on the beef cattle economic picture.

There is no charge for the program and pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Eldon Cole at the Lawrence County Extension office in Mt. Vernon at 417-466-3102.

A trade show of vendors offering products and services for ag producers will offeredthroughout the day in the armory hall.

The Monett National Guard Armory is located south of the railroad tracks on Chapell Drive or three-quarters of a mile north of Highway 60 on Chapell Drive.

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