Cassville speakers to present at ag conference

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sessions to include panels of local producers

Annual agriculture conferences for dairy and beef producers will be held by the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension Service on Feb. 4 at the Monett National Guard Armory.

The annual conferences provide relevant information for ag producers, highlighting both experience from local producers and research from experts in the field. Around 150 total people have historically attended the conferences.

“The ag conferences provide an excellent opportunity for people both in and out of the agriculture field to learn more about how our food is produced on a local and national basis,” said Jeff Meredith, executive director of the Monett Chamber of Commerce.

The 51st annual Dairy Day will start at 10:30 a.m. Regan Bluel, Barry County Extension dairy specialist, will again serve as event coordinator.

The first presentation will focus on expected changes with the rollout of version 4 of the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program. Joe Horner, MU agriculture economist, will introduce participants to the recently developed labor guide and resources available to train agriculture employees.

Lunch will follow, provided by the Chamber.

The afternoon session will begin with three Missouri dairy producers speaking on a panel about facility improvements they have made through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP), available through the federal Farm Bill.

The session will conclude with a demonstration by Kary Crumpler, local hoof trimmer, who will provide a hands-on learning lab on how to trim hooves.

Registration may be made online or by calling 417-847-3161. There is a cost of $5 to cover conference expenses.

The 51st annual Beef Cattlemen’s Conference will start at 4 p.m., with speakers focusing on finances, health and legal issues.

Horner will return to lead a discussion on “This is What It Costs Me To Keep A Cow for a Year.” The panel of local producers will include Weaver Forest, of Verona, Cherry Warren, of Exeter, and Nathan Isakson, of Ash Grove.

Dr. Byron Wiegand, MU professor of animal science in Columbia, will speak on “Navigating the Alternative Protein Marketplace: Laboratory Grown Meat and Meat Analogs.” A speaker from the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will speak on the organization’s accomplishments in 2019 and issues in 2020, including the legislative agenda in Missouri.

A chili supper will be provided from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. by the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

Speakers will resume with three area veterinarians talking about beef cattle health issues in southwest Missouri. Ted Dahlstrom, of Monett, Voyd Brown, of Cassville, and Darren Loula, of Clever will make up the panel.

The conference will conclude with a presentation of succession planning for the farm. Monett attorney Jim Randall and Steve Harner, with The CPA Group accounting firm, will discuss trusts, tax issues and how to navigate passing a farm to the next generation in light of current tax laws.

Throughout both sessions, a trade show will be held in the Armory. Businesses with agriculture products and services, including area lenders, will have booths to share and demonstrate how their operations can help ag producers. Space is still available for the trade show. Interested parties may contact the Chamber of 235-7919.

Like the Dairy Day conference, cost for the Beef Cattlemen’s Conference is $5, payable at the door. All interested persons are welcome.

The planning committee for the beef conference includes Meredith, Gregg Bailey, Beth Lumbering, Todd Schallert, Jeff Kaal and Lindell Mitchell.

The armory is locate on Chapell Drive in Monett, just south of the railroad tracks, a quarter mile south of Business Highway 60 (Cleveland Avenue) or approximately one mile north of Highway 60.

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