Beef Conference Tackles Trends And Issues

Western Canadian beef producers looking for further insight into the industry as well as a mid-summer break should plan to be in Calgary, July 10 for the 2009 International Livestock Conference (ILC).

ILC Beef 2009 will feature a number of speakers during the day addressing the theme Firing up Science and Innovation. The event is being held in the Palomino Room of the BMO Centre (former Roundup Centre) at Calgary Stampede Park. The Calgary Stampede runs July 3 to 12.

The annual conference provides useful insights into the issues and trends affecting today’s agriculture industry. “The ILC is an opportunity to learn more about the forces shaping the industry,” says organizers of the industry-led event. “It is an opportunity to dig deeper into the world of strategic possibilities and connect with high-energy speakers and attendees who know your issues and have wisdom to share.”

Among those on the ILC agenda are Barbara Bean, director of technology with KFC in Louisville Kentucky. Among responsibilities, she is in charge of commercializing new products and technical training.

Other speakers include:

Alastair Cribb, dean, faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary; Earl Geddes, vice-president, farmer services, Canadian Wheat Board; Bruce Graham, a professor of food science and technology at the University of California; Glen Hodgson, senior vice-president and chief economist with The Conference Board of Canada; David Kohl, professor emeritus, specializing in agricultural finance and small business management at Virginia Tech; Dennis Laycraft, executive vice-president, Canadian Cattleman’s Association; and Brant Randles, president of Louis Dreyfus Canada Ltd.

The conference gets underway with registration at 7 a. m. with presentations beginning at 8 a. m. It is expected to wrap up around 4 p. m.

Conference cost for primary producers and students is $175, plus GST per registrant. For agribusiness, government, industry associations and processors, the full registration cost is $370 plus tax, however if you register before June 16 the cost is $350 plus tax.

You can register on line by visiting the conference website at: www.ilccalgary.comor by mail by sending a cheque to” ILC— Calgary, c/o Iris Meck Communications, Suite 510 –5920 1A Street SW, Calgary, T2H 0G3. For more information phone: 403-686-8407.

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