The United States Cattlemen's Association will hold its annual directors' and membership meeting in conjunction with the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota's annual meeting in Bismarck, N.D., on Oct. 3-4, 2014.
USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos;, American Farm Bureau Federation's Mary Kay Thatcher, North Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller and agriculture journalist Alan Guebert are featured speakers.
Sessions begin both days at 9 a.m. Brian Klippenstein, Executive Director of Protect the Harvest will make a presentation at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 on the on the animal rights movement in America, led by the Humane Society of the United States.
The movement has evolved into a wealthy and successful attack group determined to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses, and even ban animal ownership (including pets) altogether, USCA says.
Guebert, a keynote speaker for the event, writes a syndicated agriculture column which appears weekly in more than 70 newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is a contributor to the online publication Daily Yonder. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, followed by a banquet.
Kenny Graner, I-BAND President, notes cattlemen do not have to be a member to attend the meeting.
"We just want cattle producers to come and enjoy themselves in a fun and festive atmosphere while learning about different issues affecting our businesses," Graner said.
Hotel reservations must be made by Sept. 19 to receive the special USCA rate. To make reservations call the Ramada Bismarck Hotel at 701-258-7000.