For the first time since 2016, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) Convention and Ag Industry Trade Show is returning to Owensboro.
The event, which will feature more than 1,500 cattle producers, educators and industry professionals from across the Commonwealth will take over the Owensboro Convention Center Thursday and Friday.
According to the KCA website, the association is a grassroots organization with 99 chapters in 120 counties, that works to protect, advance and be a strong voice for the state’s 38,000-plus cattle producers.
As the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River, Kentucky is home to more than 1.1 million beef cows and ranks fifth nationally in total number of farms.
The KCA convention begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday with the Beef Efficiency Conference and ends the next day with a banquet that will feature the 2019 KCA Hall of Fame inductions.
Laura Alexander, general manager of the Owensboro Convention Center, said this event is good for the community as cattlemen from across the state of Kentucky are coming to Owensboro, staying the night in hotels and spending money in the community.
“It definitely has a local economic impact,” she said. “The cattlemen also place a focus on local Kentucky Proud products.”
The trade show is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. Thursday. There is a $10 entry fee.
During the two-day convention, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is also scheduled to speak alongside Jennifer Houston, the incoming president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
The convention wraps with a banquet featuring dinner, awards and the foundation auction.
For a full schedule of the visit, click here.
KCA’s mission is to provide a strong, proactive voice for all of Kentucky’s beef farm families, serve as a resource for information and education for producers, consumers and the industry and be a catalyst for enhancing producer profitability.