Cattlemen's group holds 52nd convention
The 52nd Annual Arkansas Cattlemen's Association (ACA) Convention and Trade Show will be held Aug. 13-15 in Fort Smith at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
Cattlemen and Junior Cattlemen from all regions of Arkansas will gather to enjoy informative beef improvement seminars, industry updates, cattlemen-to-cattlemen fellowship and an extensive trade show. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13. General public and members are invited and welcomed to attend.
A welcome reception on the trade show floor will kick off the event on Friday at 4 p.m. The Arkansas Cattlemen's Foundation will be hosting a scholarship auction on Friday evening after dinner followed by an ACA Young Cattlemen's Reception. All young cattle producers are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Trade Show will re-open from 8 a.m. -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. The ACA is organizing 'Cowboy Capers' that will start at 9 a.m. and should be a good time for all.
The Arkansas Junior Cattlemen's Association will begin their AJCA Leadership Summit on Saturday at 1 p.m. with an opening session featuring motivational speaker Todd Huston.
The Leadership Summit will continue through the day with educational break-out sessions for the attendees.
The ACA Beef Improvement Seminars will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Arkansas Cattlemen's Association will host Kristina Butts, manager of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association; John Fitch, executive director of the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission; Travis Justice, administrator for the Arkansas Beef Council; Michael Sullivan, Arkansas State Conservationist of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service; Dr. Dan U. Thomson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University; and Dr. Tom Troxel, Associate Animal Science Department Head for the University of Arkansas.
On Saturday evening, the awards banquet will take place at 7:30 p.m. followed by entertainment provided by Phil McGarrah and Runnin' on Empty. The Arkansas Junior Cattlemen's Association will announce its Educational Award winners at the banquet and host a hypnotist after the banquet for the AJCA attendees' entertainment.
The Arkansas Cattlemen's Association encourages all who are interested to come to the Annual Convention and Trade Show.