Speakers at the Beef Cattlemen's Conference spoke about market trends and innovation. The Monett Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event. Chamber Executive Director Suzy McElmurry, at center, spoke to two speakers who focused on genetics as a tool for improving cattlemen's profits. Shown at Dr. Kent Anderson, at left, with North American Technical Services, and Tom Brink at right, president of J&F Oklahoma Holdings, based in Brighton, Colo. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Area beef producers received reports on marketing, politics, health and research at the 42nd annual Beef Cattlemen's Conference last week at the National Guard Armory in Monett. The conference was one of two agriculture events hosted by the Monett Chamber of Commerce.
Jimmie Long, president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, told the more than 200 people in attendance that agriculture interests have ended up in an unexpectedly strong position after the November, 2010 election.
"We were surprised by how many farm related people go in," Long said. "We've got the most support in Jefferson City we've ever had."
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