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Government regulations are a major concern to Flint Hills ranchers.

Kelly Lenz, farm director at WIBW Radio, is well aware of that dilemma, and has coordinated a special program to help answer the burdensome queries of these stockmen.

“We’re pleased to announce that speakers for the Beef Producers Information Seminar breakfast, Friday morning, Aug. 19, at Emporia have been working closely with legislation and rulings affecting cattlemen,” Lenz said.

The program at the Lyon County Fairgrounds is official kickoff for the 30th annual Flint Hills Beef Fest, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21.

At the Anderson Building, Lenz will host a live WIBW broadcast of his Agriculture Roundup show at 6 a.m. The complimentary cowboy breakfast is at 7:30 a.m., and the informational program gets underway at 8:15 a.m.

Featured speaker is Tracy Brunner, Ramona, Kan., rancher, serving as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He will review legislation and policy of concern to the cattle industry, and action being taken by NCBA officials on behalf of cattle producers.

One of the many issues facing cattlemen at this time is the veterinary feed directive issued by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Michael Apley, professor of clinical sciences at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has studied the issue extensively and will explain to the cattlemen what the ruling means to their business.

Nearly two dozen agriculture businesses are sponsoring the seminar, and many will have displays before and during the breakfast program to discuss products with ranchers.

The breakfast and program are complimentary, but reservations are required to make sure there’s enough food to fill every cowboy’s palate. If you want a free breakfast that day, there’s ample time left to call in reservations to the Lyon County Extension Office at 620-341-3220.


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, Kan., lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and radio marketing consultant.

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