Brunner to speak on ranch regulations

Tracy Brunner, Ramona rancher serving as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will be the featured speaker at a gathering for ranchers concerned about increasing government regulation.

Brunner will review legislation and policies of concern to the cattle industry and action being taken by NCBA officials on behalf of cattle producers.

The Beef Producers Infor­mation Seminar breakfast, coordinated by WIBW Radio, is planned for Friday, Aug. 19, at the Lyon County Fair­grounds in Emporia. The complimentary break­fast is at 7:30 a.m., and the informational program gets underway at 8:15 a.m.

The breakfast is the official kickoff for the 30th annual Flint Hills Beef Fest, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21.

Kelly Lenz, longtime farm director at WIBW, said he is well aware that government regulations are a major concern to Flint Hills ranchers. Lenz will host a live WIBW broadcast of his Agriculture Roundup show at 6 o’clock at the Anderson Building.

One of the many issues facing cattle growers at this time is the veterinary feed directive issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

Michael Apley, professor of clinical sciences at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has studied the issue and will explain to the cattle growers what the ruling means to their business.

Nearly two dozen agriculture businesses are sponsoring the seminar, and many will have displays before and during the breakfast program to discuss their products with ranchers.

The breakfast and program are complimentary, but reservations are required to make sure there’s enough food. To reserve a place, call the Lyon County Extension Office at 620-341-3220.

—Frank J. Buchman

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