Denver, Oct. 15, 2012 – Registration for the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show is underway. The 115th Annual Convention will be held in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 6-9, 2013, and advanced registration is open until Jan. 11, 2013.

The Opening General Session on Feb. 6 officially kicks off the convention. The featured keynote speakers will be Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Their lives were first chronicled in the bestselling book, "The Blind Side" and then went on to become a Hollywood blockbuster film. "The Blind Side" tells the story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager turned first round draft pick NFL football player, with the support and love of an unlikely adoptive family, the Tuohys.

On Feb. 7, General Session II will feature a keynote speech by Stuart Varney. The current global credit crisis is front page news around the world. Such momentous change has not occurred for decades, and the cascade of financial trouble has devastated many world economies. Despite this, Varney offers a positive take on the economy and describes, with up-to-the-minute detail, the current financial situation and what it means for you, your family and your business.

This year's convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, take part in NCBA's grassroots policy process and enjoy Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Fest, a night full of lively pirates, sounds from the Caribbean Chillers and plenty of local eats. The convention will close with the Cattlemen's Beach Bash featuring the Beach Boys. NCBA President and Nebraska rancher J.D. Alexander said the convention is a must for all cattlemen.

“The convention and trade show create a great environment for cattle industry members to come together to network and create policy for the industry,” said Alexander. “If you're in the cattle business, then you need to be in Tampa this coming February.”

In addition to access to all of the 2013 convention events, registrants for the full convention will receive a 50 percent off coupon for Roper and Stetson apparel and footwear at the NCBA Trade Show.

To register for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, visit www.beefusa. org, or send an e-mail to

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