Southern hospitality and great Angus cattle await American Angus Association members and others, Sept. 6-8 in Athens, Ga.

This fall, “All Roads Lead to Georgia” for the 2011 National Angus Conference & Tour (NAC&T), hosted by the American Angus and Georgia Angus associations and sponsored by Land O' Lakes Purina Feed LLC.

The one-day conference features educational seminars and outstanding speakers followed by a two-day tour featuring the state's finest Angus genetics and rich agricultural heritage.

“We've put together a great lineup of speakers to address a variety of top-of-mind issues like family farm succession and speaking out about agriculture,” says Shelia Stannard, American Angus Association® director of activities and events.

The NAC&T kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 6, at The Classic Center with a welcome from Association President Joe Hampton.

“This is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and for good reason,” says Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer (CEO). “Angus enthusiasts from across the nation and abroad attend this annual event to learn something new, see great Angus cattle and make new acquaintances.”

Tom Field will discuss planning for the future of the beef industry, while two sessions will explore farm transition planning and marketing Angus beef. Panelists include Scott Bennett, Red House, Va.; Don Schiefelbein, Kimball, Minn.; Tommy Maples, Elkmont, Ala.; Chad Stine, Buckhead Beef ; and Geof Bednar, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).

Well-known Montana logger, resources expert and keynote speaker Bruce Vincent will then address attendees before they depart to tour University of Georgia livestock operations.

Tuesday activities will wrap up at Partisover Ranch, Colbert, Ga., where attendees will enjoy dinner and hear from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Wednesday's tour includes stops at Acres Away Angus, Lovejoy, Ga.; Lane Packing, Fort Valley; and Kensington Farm, Molena.

On Thursday, tour-goers will arrive at Wakefield Farm in Hartwell, followed by stops at Bramblett Angus, Elberton; Britt Angus, Hartwell; and, finally, Mayfield Dairy in Braselton.

CAB will sponsor a portion of tour meals.

“During the tour, Georgia byways and backroads will take us to scenic Angus farms,” Stannard says. “You won't want to miss this annual opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.”

To register visit www.angus.org. Early registration costs $150 per person and is due Aug. 1. Registration after Aug. 1 costs $175 and is due Aug. 15. Walk-ins are accepted on a space-available basis, but participants are encouraged to pre-register.

Attendees are encouraged to make their own hotel reservations. Hilton Garden Inn Athens will serve as the headquarters hotel. Contact the hotel at 706-353-6800 and ask for the Angus block to secure the negotiated rate.

For more information about the NAC&T, visit www. nationalangusconference.com; or contact Stannard at 816-383-5100 or sstannard @angus.org.

A tentative schedule follows:

2011 National Angus
Conference & Tour
Sept. 6-8, Athens, Georgia

Monday, Sept. 5

6 p.m. -- Welcome reception – The Classic Center

Tuesday, Sept. 6

8 a.m. -- Welcome – Joe Hampton, President, American Angus Ass'n

8:15 a.m. -- Planning for the Future of the Beef Industry – Tom Field, NCBA

9 a.m. -- Transition Planning & Perspective from the Next Generation. A panel moderated by Curt Lacy, UGA; Scott Bennett, Red House, Va.; Don Schiefelbein, Kimball, Minn.; Tommy Maples, Elkmont, Ala.

10:30 a.m. -- Break

11 a.m. -- Marketing the Product: at Look at Domestic & International Markets. Chad Stine, Buckhead Beef , Geof Bednar, Certified Angus Beef LLC

12:30 p.m. -- Lunch

1:30 p.m. -- Where there is Vision there is Hope – Bruce Vincent

2:30 p.m. -- Wrap up and dismiss

2:45 p.m. -- Load buses

3 p.m. -- Depart

3:15 p.m. -- Arrive UGA

5:15 p.m. -- Arrive at Partisover Ranch – dinner

7:30 p.m. -- Arrive Athens

Wednesday, Sept. 7

7:15 a.m. -- Depart HGI

9:15 a.m. -- Acres Away Angus, Lovejoy – Breakfast

1 p.m. -- Arrive Lane Packing, Fort Valley – Lunch

4:30 p.m. -- Arrive Kensington Farm, Molena – Dinner

9 p.m. -- Arrive HGI

Thursday, Sept 8

7:15 a.m. -- Depart HGI

8:15 a.m. -- Arrive at Wakefield Farm, Hartwell – breakfast

10:45 a.m. -- Arrive at Bramblett Angus

12:30 p.m. -- Arrive Britt Angus, Hartwell – Lunch

3:15 p.m. --Arrive Mayfield Dairy, Braselton

5 p.m. -- Arrive HGI

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