For the past 35 years, the Panhandle Ag Extension Team has hosted a conference in Marianna, FL. This event usually consisted of copious educational material for young and old ranches alike and a trade show for various businesses that serve the industry. The event is going virtual this year, and we’ll tell you all the details down below. Check out our blog for more information on the cattle industry.

Due to COVID-19, we’ve all had to make modifications to our lives and businesses. This change to a virtual convention comes as one of the latest, but the team is doing their best to make this year’s event worthwhile and fulfilling. The 2021 event will be a 90-minute webinar featuring multiple parts. Guests can expect to see two invited speakers, updates from several cattle and forage researchers, and a question and answer style panel at the end. 

Though 200 cattle ranchers like Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch can’t attend in-person this year, this event will still be a great way to bring the community together. 2020 was hard for cattle producers as a whole, the planning team said. Seeing a familiar face, or a new speaker to hear from, could be an encouraging way to roll into spring. The focus of the 2021 program will be “Moving Forward from Disruption.”

Doug Mayo, the Beef Conference Chair, will be giving opening remarks. Following that, attendees will hear from Chris Prevatt, the UF/IFAS Livestock and Forage Economist, on the outlook of the cattle market for 2021 and beyond. The webinar will continue with a presentation on herd sustainability, followed by breakthroughs in the industry, the Q&A session, and closing remarks. 

One advantage of a virtual convention is that guests from all over can attend! Tickets are free to the February 10 event but must be booked in advance. And remember, keep supporting your local beef industry. Visit our website to get in touch with Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch. We appreciate your continued support.