The Maine Beef Producers Association (MBPA) will hold its 23rd Annual Beef Conference, titled "Becoming a More Successful Marketer," Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor, Maine, with registration open at 8 a.m.
This year, MBPA has joined forces with the Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) to host the conference with sponsors University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry. Industry sponsors include Cargill Animal Nutrition, makers of Nutrena and Agway feeds; Cold Spring Ranch; Pineland Farms; and the Maine Beef Industry Council.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Ochterski, Cornell Extension marketing specialist. Other speakers include Walter Whitcomb, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry; Dr. Henrettia Beaufait, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Regulations Division; and Gabe Clark, beef producer, Cold Spring Ranch.
Nonmember registration, including lunch, is $60 for the first person from the farm and $40 for all others from that farm. Discounts for MGFN and MBPA association members are available, as well as a student rate. For registration details, contact Melissa Libby at 800-287-7170 in Maine or 207-581-2788 outside of Maine. Registration details will be available on the UMaine Extension Beef website (http://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/beef
UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Melissa Libby at 800-287-7170 to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance.