The Maine Beef Producers Association (MBPA) will hold its 25th Annual Beef Conference Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014 at the Ramada Inn, Bangor, Maine, 8:00 am – 4 pm at the Ramada Inn, 357 Odlin Road, Bangor. MBPA and the Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) host the conference with sponsors University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Industry sponsors include National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Maine Beef Industry Council.

Scheduled industry experts Dr. Bobbi Lorenz, beef nutritionist; Curt Pate, NCBA stockman instructor; and Darren Williams, NCBA communications director will join local speakers including Ellis Additon, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to provide beef producers with information on improving the profitability of their operations.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Bobbi Lorenz, Beef Nutritionist / Distillers Grain Marketer with Cornhusker Energy in Nebraska will talk about the effect of pre-partum nutrition on your farm’s bottom line. She will also discuss how the cow/calf producer affects the end product. Other speakers include Curt Pate a stockmanship instructor for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Stockmanship & Stewardship Tour who will talk about the critical role proper handling plays in increasing consumers’ confidence. Also Darren Williams, Senior Executive Director for NCBA Communications will speak on how be a beef advocate, how to handle interviews on a wide variety of subjects. These three speakers will have a final panel discussion at the end of the day to talk about the beef industry, where we are today and where we may be headed in the future.

Ellis Additon will give an update from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. A panel of producers and processors will talk about social media and the role/importance in promoting their business. Program participants will have an opportunity to share at least one thing they have done to add value to their farm. You are encouraged to bring photographs, marketing tools, building or coral layouts.

Non-member registration, including lunch is $60 for the first farm representative and $40 for any others from that farm. Discounts are available for MGFN and MBPA association members, and students. For registration details or to request a disability accommodation, contact Melissa Libby at 800.287.7170 in Maine or 207.581.2788 outside of Maine. Registration details are also available online extension.umaine.edu/livestock/beef.