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Highlights from the NLPA 2008 Summer Meeting

Colorado Springs, CO (Aug. 27, 2008) -- The National Livestock Producers Association Board of Directors had a productive meeting Aug. 13th through 16th. The gathering began on Aug. 13 with the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund Committee meeting at the NLPA offices. That evening, the Board toured NLPA's new offices at 13570 Meadowgrass Drive in northern Colorado Springs.

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Left: Scott Stuart, NLPA CEO, welcomes the Board to the new office. Right: Nadine Philips and MaryAnn Ernesti spin the Beefmobile's Beef Checkoff Trivia Wheel. Bottom: Building housing the new NLPA Headquarters.

Following was a Chuckwagon Cookout at the Stuart Bar X Homestead, which was hosted by Scott and Katie Stuart. The cookout also featured cowboy poet / yodeler / humorist / songwriter / singer, Gary McMahan.

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Left: Scott & Katie Stuart welcome guests to their Bar X Homestead for the Chuckwagon Cookout (middle). Right: Gary McMahan entertains the crowd.

On Thursday, the NLPA Board and guests toured livestock facilities in Weld County, Colo. Hosted by Producers Livestock Marketing Association (PLMA-N.Salt Lake, Utah), the tours included PLMA's beef feedlot, Harper Livestock lamb feedlot, and Johnson's Dairy, all near Greeley, Colo. PLMA also graciously hosted the group for lunch at their Greeley marketing facility.

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Top left: 88,000-head Harper Lamb feeding facility. Top right: PLMA feedlot; capacity 35,0000 head, view of center alleyway. Bottom left and right: Double - 80 head, milking parlor at 10,000 head Johnson Dairy .

On Friday, the Board explored "Over the Counter Derivatives in the Ag Markets" with John Nelson, Producers Livestock Marketing Assn.,Omaha. John Barthel, Regional Supervisor of the Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Administration, discussed GIPSA regulations and recent enforcement actions.

2008 August MeetingThe NLPA Board spent Friday afternoon discussing potential enhancements to the Beef Checkoff with Dave Bateman, Cattlemen's Beef Board Chairman; Tom Ramey, CEO Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board; and Tom Jones, Chairman of the CBB Administration Subcommittee. The Board had many suggestions, including several ideas about how to make checkoff dollars more accessible to contractors. NLPA has formally submitted the Board's comments to the CBB for consideration.

On Saturday, the Board had open sessions for both member managers and producer directors. The NLPA Board also set its next meeting for Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 26-28, 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz., in conjunction with the Cattle Industry Annual Convention.

For more information, please contact Scharee Atchison at SLAtchison@NLPA.org or call NLPA at 1.800.237.7193.


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