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Shaking it Up in 2009

It feels like forever since I've last blogged on BEEF Daily. The holidays have kept me busy with family gatherings, a cattle show, New Year celebrations and my cousin's wedding. Now, with 2009 up and running, it's time to get back to the business of gathering and sharing the news with you. BEEF Daily will be full of stories in the upcoming months as I travel to various places to meet with industry leaders and ranchers.

I will be speaking and traveling to a variety of locations in the next few weeks. First, I will attend BEEF 20/20 in Brookings, SD later this week. After that, I will be speaking at the Women in Blue Jeans Conference in Mitchell, SD on January, 17. That evening, I will be speaking at the Kingsbury County Cattlemen's Association's Annual Meeting in Lake Preston, SD. Next, the Black Hills Stock Show will be underway at the end of January. Finishing up the month, you might see me at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Annual Trade Show and Convention in Phoenix, AZ with a video camera and a laptop in tow. February will take me to the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Add school and keeping up with my online job at BEEF Daily editor, this winter is certainly going to be busy.

So what are you shaking up in 2009? Perhaps our paths will cross in my various travels. I'm sure calving season will soon begin for many of you, and these cowboy vacations might be put on the backburner. I know the economy hasn't been well, and for many, that means staying home from industry events. I truly believe, now more than ever before, is the right time to MAKE THE TIME to travel and visit with others in the same boat as yourself. If you see me around, don't be afraid to stop by and say hello. I would love to meet all of you in person. Tell me your story, share your obstacles and let's talk about your goals for 2009. I look forward to hearing from you!