Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association 65th Annual Convention Kicks Off Friday Featuring Its New FormatMon, 17 Jul 2017 14:52:39 CDT
The 65th Annual OCA Convention and Trade Show kicks off Friday morning and finishes up Saturday evening with the OCA annual awards banquet. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Okla. President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Charlie Swanson, a producer from Roosevelt, Okla. recently took a moment to speak with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the convention coming up and about his time serving the association. To hear his full remarks with Hays, click or tap the LISTEN BAR below.
According to Swanson, this year’s convention will feature a few changes, including a new two-day format and expanded trade show - and will also follow a central theme in celebration of the ‘National Day of the Cowboy.’
"'Loyal to the cowboy for 65 years', will be the theme of the two-day family event," Swanson said in an earlier statement, noting the first OCA convention held back in 1953. "While many things have changed in the beef industry since 1953, OCA continues to provide firm, steadfast support to our membership," Swanson said. "I look forward to celebrating 'The National Day of the Cowboy' by recognizing OCA members and industry partners who have displayed loyalty and commitment to this great industry."
Aside from the trade show and OCA policy discussions, attendees will have the chance to participate in five sessions of Cattlemen's College that provide educational opportunities, as well as an awards banquet where outstanding cattlemen and their accomplishments will be recognized and celebrated.
As his term as OCA President draws to an end, Swanson says in regards to passing on the gavel during the convention, one achievement will stick out in his mind as a great accomplishment during his time in office. That achievement - initiating the process to add an additional dollar to the state beef checkoff, something that has been a goal of the OCA for some time now.
“We’re in the process of having a vote on that coming up this fall,” he said optimistically, proud of the work done by the association that has made it all possible. “All of us have a common goal of trying to make the beef industry better for Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers.”
In the meantime, Swanson invites all ranching families in Oklahoma to join hundreds of their fellow cattlemen in Norman this weekend, for the 65th OCA convention. Convention registration, a detailed schedule and featured speakers can be viewed at www.okcattlemen.org
Source - Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
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