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BOOT CAMP PLANNED FOR PENNSYLVANIA AND KENTUCKY

The American Angus AssociationSM and Angus Foundation will conduct two Cattlemen's Boot Camps this fall. More are planned for winter and spring. The Boot Camps will be hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and Pennsylvania State University, State College.

Boot Camps are two-day educational programs open to all cattle producers and cover all aspects of the beef industry from basic production practices to the end product. All participants must pre-register by the set deadline, and a minimal fee of $75 is charged to offset meals and materials.

“The American Angus Association and Angus Foundation appreciate the opportunity to partner with the universities to educate beef producers across the country,” says Jim Shirley, vice president of industry relations for the Association. “The Boot Camps offer an intense overview of beef production in a short amount of time.”

The University of Kentucky Boot Camp is set for Sept. 21-22 at the Fayette County Extension Center in Lexington. The Boot Camp begins at 12:30 p.m. The registration deadline is Aug. 31.

The Boot Camp at Penn State is Oct. 29-30 at the Beef/Sheep Unit on the Penn State Campus. The activities begin at 8 a.m., and the registration deadline is Oct. 1.

Hotel blocks have been reserved at both locations and rates negotiated at Holiday Inn Express. In Kentucky, the Holiday Express Downtown, 1000 Export Street, is the headquarters. Call 859-389-6800 and ask for the Cattlemen's Boot Camp block to get the negotiated rate of $89.95 per night plus tax. Rooms must be reserved by August 24 to get the rate.

In Pennsylvania, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, Williamsburg Square. Call 814-867-1800 and ask for the Cattlemen's Boot Camp block to get the block rate of $82 per night plus tax.

Complete schedules and program topics are available online at www.angus.org. In addition to these Boot Camps, a Boot Camp is set for December 18-19 at Iowa State University in Ames. A Boot Camp is also tentatively set for early January at Washington State University, Pullman. Watch the Web site for more information about these and other educational events.

The American Angus Association, with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services for more than 34,000 members and thousands of commercial producers who use Angus genetics in their herd.

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