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Register by June 7: Beef Improvement Fed

Save $50 and register by June 7 for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. Themed "Progress on the Prairie," this year's event will be June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kansas, and headquartered at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

Online and pdf registration options are available at http://www.asi.k-state.edu/events/2016bif. Walk-in registration will be available during the event, but you can save $50 and register online by June 7.

This year's BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first morning's general session — "Opportunities for the Beef Value Chain: Can we become more coordinated and more profitable?" — will feature Ted Schroeder and Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University (K-State); John Stika, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) LLC; Brad Morgan, Performance Food Group; and Keith Belk, Colorado State University (CSU). The second day's general session, "Protecting producer profit for the future," will include David Lalman, Oklahoma State University; Chip Ramsay, Rex Ranch; Mark Enns, CSU; and Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

The afternoon breakout sessions will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, designed to network and equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business.

Kansas Beef Industry tours are scheduled for Friday. Attendees can choose between the seedstock or commercial tour. Both tours feature past BIF award winners.

Stops on the seedstock tour include: McCurry Angus Ranch, Burrton; Mushrush Red Angus, Strong City; Fink Beef Genetics, Randolph; and Moser Ranch, Wheaton. The commercial tour will visit Tailgate Ranch, Tonganoxie; Woodbury Farms, Quenemo; and Kniebel Cattle Co., White City. The tours will leave from the headquarters hotel at 7 a.m. and return approximately 9 p.m.

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For more conference details, including registration information, complete schedule and lodging information visit http://www.asi.k-state.edu/events/2016bif or contact K-State hosts Bob Weaber, bweaber@ksu.edu, 785-532-1460; or Lois Schreiner, lschrein@ksu.edu, 785-532-1267.

Each year the BIF symposium draws a large group of leading seedstock and commercial beef producers, academics and allied industry partners. The attendance list is a "who's who" of the beef value chain, offering great networking opportunities and conversations about the issues of the day. Program topics focus on how the beef industry can enhance value through genetic improvement across a range of attributes that affect the value chain.

–K-State