MANHATTAN - “Succeeding in a Challenging Beef Industry” is the theme of the 2017 Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium and Trade Show on Feb. 10 in Goodland.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. MST, with the program from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Goodland Elks Lodge. The annual symposium occurs in conjunction with a trade show. Attendees will be able to visit with industry representatives and view their materials during the day.

The event rotates between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado and is a joint effort between K-State Research & Extension, University of Nebraska Extension and Colorado State University Extension. The goal is to provide a venue to share research data and ideas to enhance producers' success in contributing to the world’s food supply and to their local communities.

The program begins with a discussion by John Holman, K-State cropping systems agronomist, on integrating crop and livestock systems. A panel of producers will share their experience with this process. Panel members will include representatives of Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska, and CSF Farms, Siebert, Colorado.

With cow-calf producers dealing with higher costs and tighter margins, Erin Laborie, University of Nebraska beef systems extension educator, will share ideas on the use of technology to improve cow-herd efficiency.

Participants will attend a “Roundtable for Sustainable Beef” featuring Debbie Lyons-Blythe, of Blythe Family Farms, White City, and Clayton Huseman, Kansas Livestock Association executive director-feedlot division. They will explain what brought segments of the beef industry together and the group’s vision for the sustainability of U.S. beef production.

Palisade, Neb., native Chuck Schroeder, University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute executive director, will discuss “The Future of Rural America: Opportunities and Challenges.” Also, a panel discussion will involve producers telling how they're diversifying profit centers in their businesses. Panel members include Gary Teague, Teague Diversified, Fort Morgan, Colorado; Ron Maifeld, St. Francis; and Travis Chrisman, Wauneta, Nebraska.

Pre-registration is $30 if paid by Feb. 3. Registration will be available at the door for $35. Included in the registration fee are trade-show activities, presenter handouts, coffee and rolls, plus a meal. Program information and registration forms are available online at www.sunflower.K-State.edu or www.KSUBeef.org.

For more details, call Marty Fear, Sunflower Extension District livestock agent, at (785) 332-3171 or Sandy Johnson, northwest area livestock specialist, at (785) 462-6281.

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