Cameron University’s annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference returns on Wednesday, November 17, with an expanded program covering a variety of topics of interest to beef producers.
The 33rd conference presentation will include a keynote address by Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, as well as panel presentations covering nutrition, federal regulations and financial strategies. There is no charge to attend; however, pre-registration is required.
The conference will begin with panel presentations in the Goodyear Boardroom (Room 100) of the CU Science Complex.
At 1 p.m., moderator Jacob Gelnar of Stockmans Bank and panelists Jared Kelle, Farm Data Services; Danielle Metz, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Tye Young, Liberty National Bank, will discuss “Economic Issues – Financial Strategies and Income Programs”.
At 2 pm, Caylie Holman of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau will host a discussion on regulatory issues with panelists Steve Carson, Field Representative for US Senator James Lankford; and Michael Kelsey, president of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association.
At 3:00 pm, “Cattle Nutrition Problems” will be discussed by Moderator Joe Sanders, Hutson Angus Farms; Nick Risley, Livestock Nutrition Center; and Robert Wells, Noble Research Institute.
At 5:30 p.m., the conference moves to the second floor of the McMahon Centennial Complex with a welcome reception, followed by a meal in the McCasland Ballroom at 6:15 p.m.
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur will provide an update on the state of agriculture in Oklahoma during the keynote address starting at 7:15 p.m.
Originally from Chickasha, where his family raised cattle and farmed, Arthur graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agricultural economics. She was appointed Oklahoma’s first female secretary of agriculture by Governor Kevin Stitt in January 2019. In this capacity, she serves as the governor’s senior advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food and forestry. Arthur also holds the titles of State Commissioner of Agriculture and Chairman of the Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture. She previously served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. In 2014, Arthur was honored as Oklahoma’s Farm Woman of the Year; in 2016, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. She remains active in the Oklahoma 4-H and FFA programs. The 33rd Annual Beef Cattle Improvement Conference is presented by the Cameron Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health and is made possible through funding from the Joseph H. Mullin Foundation Chair in Agriculture. Cameron University and the Buck and Irene Clements Lecture Fellowship in Agriculture.