Monett agriculture conferences slated Feb. 12

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Focus on economics, Farm Bill, dealing with heat

In the face of shifting federal priorities toward agriculture and a year after a significant drought, speakers have lined up to talk about new realities in the marketplace for the Monett Chamber of Commerce’s 50th annual Dairy Day and Beef Cattlemen’s Conference, part of a day-long series of talks on agriculture on Feb. 12.

Conferences will be held at the Monett National Guard Armory on Chapell Drive in Monett.

A program geared for dairy producers will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the same venue.

The Dairy Day program will start with a potentially startling presentation. State Veterinarian Dr. Scott Poock will offer an enlarged and projected dissection of a cow’s utter to show dairy producers exactly how the mechanism works. A presentation like this has not been offered at a local dairy conference before, said Reagan Bluel, University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist.

Dr. Scott Brown with the University of Missouri Agriculture and Applied Economics, the state’s leading market analyst for agriculture, will return for two presentations. For dairy producers, Brown will describe the new federal Farm Bill and its ingredients impacting the dairy industry.

Brown will open the Beef Cattlemen’s Conference at 4 p.m. with an assessment of the 2019 beef outlook and strategies for risk management.

A panel will follow at 4:45 p.m. Three specialists will provide insight on how to connect with facets of the cattlemen’s support network. Speakers will include Tammy Holder, associate professor of agriculture with the College of Agriculture at Point Lookout; Beth Luebbering, vice president of FCS Financial in Joplin; and Jamie Johansen, a storyteller for Honey Creek Media in Lebanon.

The first half of the program will conclude with an annual report on activities by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association from Traves Merrick, vice president for Region 7. A chili supper will follow, provided by the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit a trade show of vendors providing goods and services for cattle producers, also in the armory.

In the second half of the program, Dr. Justin Sexten, vice president of strategy and performance analytics for the University of Missouri, will discuss “Consumers and Technology in Your Future.” Taking last year’s experience to heart, State Veterinarian Scott Poock will discuss heat street, pregnancy rates and other factors impacted by last summer’s prolonged heat wave,

Trade show vendors will be available for both shows.

A $5 fee will be asked for attending each of the conferences, payable at the door. Additional information is available by calling 235-7919.

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