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Natural Resources Conservation Service Part of National Convention and Tradeshow

story by Beverly Moseley

Thousands of beef industry producers and participants recently gathered in San Antonio for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) annual winter convention and tradeshow.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was part of the NCBA tradeshow that included more than 250 exhibitors.

"NRCS showcased the new Web Soil Survey during the three-day trade show to assist livestock producers to make better land use decisions. Range specialists were on hand to demonstrate and talk to landowners on what conservation practices they can install on their farms and ranches to help them obtain the goals and objectives they have for the lands they manage," said Kent Ferguson, state range specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. "Grazing systems, ecological site productivity, forage production, and animal/forage balance were several topics discussed during the show."

More than 800 beef producers attended the annual Cattlemen's College held in conjunction with the convention and tradeshow. Sessions included resource, production, marketing, and financial management.

NCBA Texas highlights included the Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas (ICA) being named one of three top NCBA outstanding state affiliates. The award recognizes an affiliate's efforts to increase national NCBA memberships.

"It was an honor to get the award for being the outstanding affiliate across the country. We work with NCBA on a lot of issues," said Bill Hyman, executive director of the Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas. "At this time, survival is everything for the cow-calf man. We need to use all the tools available in order to survive."

On the final day, NCBA members elected officers. Incoming NCBA president is Steve Foglesong of Illinois. Fogelsong owns Black Gold Ranch. Bill Donald of Montana is the new president-elect.

Newly-elected officers also included Bob McCan, Texas, policy division vice chairman; Scott George, Wyoming, federation division chairman; David Dick, Missouri, federation division vice chairman and Bruce Hafenfeld, California, policy division chairman.

Dennis Williamson

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Dennis Williamson, NRCS, Texas state soil scientist, visits with Terrell Miller of Bryan/College Station, about the Web Soil Survey at the NCBA tradeshow. The Natural Resources Conservation Service was one of more than 250 exhibits at the NCBA tradeshow.
Justin Clary Kent Ferguson and Baxter Black
The Web Soil Survey drew in attendees at the NCBA tradeshow. Justin Clary, NRCS, Texas rangeland management specialist, right, visits with a tradeshow attendee. Kent Ferguson, NRCS Texas state rangeland management specialist, left, visits with cowboy humorist Baxter Black about the Web Soil Survey during the recent NCBA convention and tradeshow held recently in San Antonio.
Steve Foglesong sand sculpture
Incoming National Cattlemen's Beef Association President, Steve Foglesong of Illinois, spoke to the Livestock Publications Council during a luncheon held at the NCBA annual convention and tradeshow. This unique sand sculpture was created on the floor of the tradeshow during the annual NCBA event.