Speakers at the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention in Wichita will talk about antibiotics in animal agriculture, what the outcome of the elections might mean for the livestock industry and prospects for the cattle market over the next 12 to 24 months. Presentations on these topics, as well as KLA policy discussions, will take place November 30-December 2 at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center.

Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley and former USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety Richard Raymond, a physician by training, will discuss the antibiotic issue Friday morning during the Industry Information Session, sponsored by Elanco. Apley, a professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will share his experiences as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Raymond spent 17 years as a rural family physician in O’Neill, NE, and was the chief medical officer for Nebraska before President George W. Bush appointed him to oversee the Food Safety and Inspection Service. 

The opening speaker for the convention, following the Wednesday evening dinner sponsored by INTRUST Bank and Tyson Fresh Meats, will be POLITICO Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush. Thrush has established himself as a go-to journalist for commentary on the American political landscape and is a frequent guest on television news programs. He will analyze the recent election in a presentation sponsored by Micro and Zoetis. 

Beef Industry University (BIU), sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, will begin Thursday morning with recognition of volunteer leaders who spearheaded KLA’s effort to provide relief to ranchers affected by wildfire earlier this year. The remainder of BIU will feature a comprehensive cattle and beef market outlook from CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach. He will share expectations for factors that will shape the livestock market during 2017 and beyond. Blach will project whether the 2016 trend of large beef and competing meat supplies will continue to pressure the cattle market next year. 

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Tracy Brunner will address the KLA audience during Friday morning’s Membership Breakfast, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Kansas Feeds, Inc. The former KLA president, a rancher and cattle feeder from Ramona, will talk about the importance of Congress passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the findings of a special NCBA working group studying market structure issues and the ongoing lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over its controversial waters of the U.S. rule. 

KLA members will discuss policy during committee and council meetings at the convention. Issues expected to be addressed include changes in cattle futures contracts, Kansas deer hunting laws, additions to the state’s noxious weed list, the potential for further regulation of prescribed burning and many others important to the state’s livestock producers. 

In addition to informational sessions and policy meetings, KLA will honor individuals who have belonged to the organization 50 years or more, earned scholarships, won membership recruitment awards and graduated from the KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy. 

The KLA Trade Show will showcase products and services for livestock producers, as well as being the site for social events and meals. There will be a welcome reception in the trade show late Wednesday afternoon, sponsored by Bayer HealthCare-Animal Health Division. A Cattlemen’s Barn Party, featuring country singer Travis Marvin, will take place Thursday evening in the trade show and be sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Kansas Feeds, Inc. 

Schedule and registration information is available on www.kla.org or in the November/December Kansas Stockman. All livestock producers are welcome to attend.  

KLA works to advance members’ common business interests on legislative, regulatory and industry issues affecting producers at both the state and federal levels. The association’s work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.