What do beef cattle producers, dairymen and hay producers all have in common? It's an opportunity to attend the first –of-its-kind symposium for the state in Indianapolis this winter. Four organizations representing these groups of producers combined forces to develop one meeting for all memberships and producers interested in attending. It will be called the Indiana Cattle & Forage Symposium, and will feature topics of interest to all of these groups, and their memberships.
The event is scheduled for February 15-16 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, near I-465 and Shadeland Avenue on the east side of the capitol city. While the meeting is still a few weeks away, organizers wanted producers to get it on their calendar, since it is a brand new event.
Sponsoring groups who came together to put together this unique opportunity for Indiana producers include: Indiana Beef Cattle Association; Indiana Professional Dairy Producers; Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc.; and the Indiana Forage Council. Julia Wickard, Hancock County, executive vice president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, is organizer for the Symposium.
This is the first time members of these organizations will have the opportunity to come together in one setting and share common interests and concerns, Wickard notes. Each organization will share in cost of putting on this event. Partnering together allows them to expand program offerings and bring in speakers that any one group by itself might have found difficult to do.
Program details and speakers are still being nailed down. Look for several nationally-known speakers in these respective areas to be on the final agenda.
While registration details are not yet finalized, you can get a jump and stay on top of details once they are announced by visiting the Web site maintained by the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. Find it at: www.indianabeef.org. Details for both the program and registration will be posted as soon as they are finalized, Wickard promises. You will also be able to find hotel information on that site. Since there is road construction in the area, be sure to nail down directions to the hotel as you nail down your plans to attend this event.
In the meantime, if you want more information, you can call the Indiana Beef Cattle Association office at: 317-872-2333. Look for more details here on www.indianaprairiefarmer.com as well as they become available.