Congressman Thompson to speak at Cattleman's College

February 08, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Congressman Glenn Thompson will be a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Cattleman's College, sponsored by Penn State Extension.

The event will be held on March 9 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center, Pennsylvania Furnace.

"The 5th District representative from Pennsylvania is a descendant from a long line of dairy farmers and is member of the House Agriculture Committee," said John Comerford, beef cattle program coordinator for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who is coordinator of the Cattleman's College.

"Thompson will provide insights to how the role and actions of Congress affect American agriculture and will answer questions from attendees."

Also addressing attendees will be John Patterson, director of producer education for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. He will focus on what's ahead for the beef industry.

"The future of the beef industry is not clear, but there are several issues that are well defined," Patterson said recently. "Consumers want a great eating experience every time with beef, and that great experience starts when we design a breeding program for the herd. Beef producers need to understand the entire market for beef to be most effective."

The day-long program, which will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration, will focus on the role of the beef producer for improvement of meat quality and consumer satisfaction, according to Comerford. Presentations will include industry updates, farmer presentations and technical seminars designed to inform beef producers how their management can contribute to added value for beef.

There is a $30 registration fee that includes lunch. For more information, visit the event Web page at or contact Comerford at 814-863-3661 or by email at

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Last Updated February 13, 2013