The American Angus Association is proud to announce that it will be hosting its first-ever National Angus Convention and Trade Show in November 2014. The event marks a dramatic departure from the traditional annual business meeting, which has been in Louisville, Ky., during most of the last four decades.
We recently sat down with Association CEO Bryce Schumann to find out more about the event — and what it means for the Angus breed.
Q: Why the change?
The Angus breed is bigger than just the seedstock business. People from all sectors of the industry contribute to the success of the breed, and we felt it was time to expand our annual meeting to include them. This event will attract commercial producers and feedlot operators, and will create opportunity not only to conduct the business of the Association, but also to network with others, learn about new and innovative production practices and increase the reach of the Angus breed.
Q: Does the change concur with Association by-laws?
Absolutely. The bylaws of the Association require the organization to hold an Annual Convention of Delegates each year, and that this meeting shall be conducted within 180 days following the close of the Association’s fiscal year. The bylaws also state that the date and location of the meeting shall be designated by the Board of Directors. During its 130-year history, the Association has held its annual meetings in various locations — Chicago, Louisville and Denver. The early organizational meetings were in Kansas City and St. Louis.
Q: How will it be different?
For those of you who've attended the annual meeting in Louisville over the years, you'll find the same meetings and social events in Kansas City — and so much more.
We're also planning an Angus University, seminars for feedlot operators, a trade show, entertainment and other networking opportunities. The program will have top-flight, nationally known keynote speakers combined with “break-out” educational seminars and workshops. These educational opportunities will be combined with family-friendly entertainment events throughout the three days, and great opportunities for Angus breeders to network with others from across the country.
Q: Why Kansas City?
Kansas City is near the geographical center of the United States. For many members, it's an efficient place to travel to and from, whether driving or flying. The convention center is just a short drive from the airport. The city is also a good location to draw commercial cow-calf producers and feedlot operators from some of the largest cattle states in the country. And, best of all, the American Angus Association headquarters is just a 40-minute drive away.