R-CALF 10th anniversary convention only days away
January 9, 2009
Rapid City, SD – R-CALF USA will hold its 10th annual convention here Jan. 23-24 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, located at I-90 and Lacrosse St., Exit 59.
Due to the recent drop in cattle prices and the uncertainty about the overall U.S. economy, it was decided to cut the event from four days to two in hopes that members who want to attend would have fewer expenses this year.
“This will be a roll-up-your-sleeves and go-to-work kind of convention where producers will lay the foundation for improving cattle prices,” said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry.
“As everyone knows, today’s cattle prices do not reflect the severe shortage of cattle we now have in this country, and it’s clear that no one but R-CALF has either the will or gumption to do anything about it,” he continued. “R-CALF’s CEO is in Washington, DC right now fighting for a solution, and we need all the producers we can muster to stand in support of our efforts.”
From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, the R-CALF USA Private Property Rights Committee will conduct its third annual seminar on issues that affect landowners or those who graze cattle on public lands. The luncheon speaker for the day will be David Anderson, director of the Colorado Springs Manufacturing Task Force, as well as a representative of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), a group dedicated to reforming harmful U.S. trade policies for agriculture and manufacturing. The afternoon wraps up with reports from the group’s marketing, trade, checkoff and membership committees. The highlight for the evening’s dinner will be keynote speaker G.B. Oliver III, executive vice president of the Paragon Foundation, which was created in 1996 to support the advancement of the fundamental principals articulated by the United States’ founding fathers in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, the day kicks off with reports from the HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) committee, as well as the animal identification, animal health and COOL (country-of-origin labeling) committees. The business session, where proposed policy resolutions are brought forward, will flesh out the rest of the day. The convention wraps up with evening entertainment and dance music by The Good Ol’ Boys.
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Room rates for the event are $88 plus tax per night. Call 605-343-8550 to make reservations.
For more information or to download a convention registration form, please visit this link: http://www.r-calfusa.com/Events/event%20list.htm#jan21.24.