Yesterday morning, I ditched the frigid temperatures of South Dakota to take in the heat at the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. The next four days are going to be packed, with forums to attend, a tradeshow to check out and cattlemen to meet with. BEEF staff is here in full force, and it's a great time to regroup and collaborate on industry ideas that we hear about during this convention.
Yesterday, I spent time attending the tradeshow, meeting with the National Beef Ambassadors and catching up with old friends. The pace will certainly pick up today with the Cattle Fax Industry Outlook session, industry forums, Young Producers Council meeting and a media reception. For those of you that are joining me at the 2009 convention, you already know that this event is truly a great one. Industry professionals, sponsors, ranchers and the media experience a great sense of fellowship during this annual meeting, and this is a great way to revamp your goals for the upcoming year, share ideas with others and learn about this great industry.
If you are in Phoenix this year, I want to know what your favorite part of this conference is? If not, what do you like best about local meetings and conferences? What are you looking for in good seminar topics? What do you want to learn more about in 2009? Better yet, what topics do you want to discuss more on the BEEF Daily Blog? Next week, I will have a full update from my time spent in Phoenix including: interviews with producers, talk about COOL, videos for BEEFtv and more. Stay tuned!