Meeting to address problems facing beef producers

 Kendal Lothman, key presenter at this year's Beef Producers Information SeminarKristina Butts, key presenter at this year's Beef Producers Information Seminar.Tom Leffler, key presenter at this year's Beef Producers Information Seminar.

Despite tallest, lushest Bluestem grasslands and clearest, bluest most ample water supplies in recent memories, and continuing nearly the highest markets in history, Flint Hills cattle producers still face a few dilemmas.

?It?s sure a good time in the cattle business, nobody will deny that, but we?ve planned this year?s Beef Producers Information Seminar to assist cattlemen in a few issues that remain as thorns to the industry,? said Kelly Lenz, program coordinator and longtime farm director at 580 WIBW.

Set for Friday morning, Aug. 21, the annual 580 WIBW breakfast session is planned at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia as the highlight kickoff for the Flint Hills Beef Fest, according to Lenz.

Live broadcast of the 580 WIBW Ag Roundup program from the fairgrounds will begin at 6 a.m., when cattlemen are welcome to start gathering.

Many of the nearly three dozen sponsors of the seminar will be in attendance with displays and anxious to discuss opportunities available to the beef industry in the Flint Hills.

Serving the complimentary rancher?s breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., and the informational program, introduced and moderated by Lenz, is set for 8:15 a.m.

Days of hanging cattle thieves from the nearest cottonwood tree are long gone, but cattle stealing, although perhaps difficult to believe in modern society, is still truly a problem for ranchers.

?Of course, the high values of cattle attribute to this,? Lenz said.

So, Kendal Lothman, special agent for the Livestock and Brand Investigation Unit of the Kansas Attorney General?s Office, will be the seminar?s first speaker, addressing ?Responding to Cattle Theft.?

Politics continue to haunt cattle producers with rulemaking often by ill-informed officials. Kristina Butts, executive director for legislative affairs of the National Cattlemen?s Beef Associa?tion, will present a ?Wash?ington Update.?

In a repeat appearance at the August beef program, a speaker at other 580 WIBW meetings, and a daily regular on 580 WIBW Ag Programs,

Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities will conclude the informational session with ?The Beef Market Outlook.?

This program and breakfast are free of charge to all attendees, thanks to beef industry businesses.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Lyon County Extension office at 620-341-3220. Or e-mail

Frank J. Buchman writes about agriculture and ranching as a free-lance writer.


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