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Still time to register for Spring Roundup Jan. 19 and 20 in Powell

Posted January 9, 2012
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyo. - It’s not too late to register for Spring Roundup 2012, happening Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19 and 20, at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.

This year, the roundup gathers the best agricultural minds in the region to focus on risk management. The two-day affair offers a slate of well-known speakers, high-interest information sessions and a chance to see Baxter Black perform in person.

Cost to attend is $130 per person, which includes all meals and sessions, except for the Thursday night Baxter Black show. The first 200 registrants pay a discounted registration of only $45.

The roundup’s two featured speakers are Jim Gerrish, a national grazing lands consultant, and Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA).

Gerrish, the author of two books on grazing and ranch management, also writes regular columns for the Stockman Grass Farmer magazine. His experience includes over 22 years of beef-forage systems research as well as 22 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm in northern Missouri.

As an independent grazing lands consultant, Gerrish provides service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the United States and Canada.

Hassebrook, through his 34 years with the CRA, has won changes in federal tax, farm, conservation and rural development policy. The CRA is a nationally recognized research, advocacy and development organization that supports small communities, small business and family farming and ranching.

His presentation will explore a new vision for strengthening family farming and ranching through entrepreneurship, local initiative and policy reform.

The Spring Roundup 2012 breakout sessions feature additional educational topics designed to help manage risk in ag endeavors, including research updates, ag economics, leadership, USDA programs, succession planning and strategies for employee retention.

The roundup’s entertainment is provided by Baxter Black who’s made a name for himself across America as a cowboy, poet, philosopher and radio commentator.

Tickets to the Baxter Black show are $25 apiece if purchased in advance, or $30 at the door.

Spring Roundup 2012 is sponsored by the Northwest College Agriculture Department and Center for Training and Development, along with the USDA’s Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnership Program.

Click here for more information, including a full schedule, accommodations and travel options, and online registration.