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BIF Announces June Program

Beef Improvement Federation will host ‘Progress on the Prairie’ June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kan.

Preparations are being finalized for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium themed “Progress on the Prairie.” The annual event will be hosted June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kan., and headquartered at the new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

The BIF conference routinely 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.

The event features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours visiting regional seedstock and commercial producers.

The first morning’s general session is titled “Opportunities for the Beef Value Chain: Can we become more coordinated and more profitable?” Headlining the event are industry thought leaders including Ted Schroeder and Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University (K-State); John Stika, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB); Brad Morgan, Performance Food Group; and Keith Belk, Colorado State University (CSU). The second day’s general session is titled “Protecting producer profit for the future” and features nationally recognized speakers including David Lalman, Oklahoma State University; Chip Ramsay, Rex Ranch; Mark Enns, CSU; and Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

Afternoons are filled with breakout sessions focusing on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium designed to network and equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business. With the program’s depth and breadth, there is something for everyone.

For more conference details, including lodging information, full conference program and registration please see:http://beefimprovement.org/
or contact K-Statehosts Bob Weaber, bweaber@ksu.edu, 785-532-1460; or Lois Schreiner, lschrein@ksu.edu, 785-532-1267.

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