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23rd Annual Maine Beef Conference

The Maine Beef Producers Association (MBPA) will hold its twenty-third Annual Beef Conference titled “Becoming a More Successful Marketer” on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, Maine with registration open at 8:00 am and program starting at 9:00 am.

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 and Forestry.  Industry sponsors include Cargill Animal Nutrition, makers of Nutrena & Agway Feeds; Cold Spring Ranch; Pineland Farms and the Maine Beef Industry Council.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Ochterski, Cornell Extension marketing specialist.  Other speakers include Walter Whitcomb, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Dr. Henrettia Beaufait, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Regulations Division; and Gabe Clark, beef producer, Cold Spring Ranch.

Non-member 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 information, contact Melissa Libby at 1-800-287-7170 in Maine or 207-581-2788 outside of Maine.  Agenda and registration details are available on the UMaine Extension Beef website ( ).

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 1-800-287-7170 (TDD 1-800-287-8957 in Maine) to discuss their needs at least seven days in advance.

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