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Trade Show Exhibitor Information for the 2017 Beef Conference

17-beef-conf-headerSponsor and Exhibit at the 32nd Annual Beef Conference!

If you sell products and services to Beef Cattle Producers in the Florida Panhandle, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to exhibit at this year’s Beef Conference Trade Show.

What is the Beef Conference?

It is a half-day, University of Florida Extension educational program for cattle ranchers in the Florida Panhandle, and Southeast Alabama.  The focus changes somewhat each year, but the program is always aimed at improving beef cattle operations in the Southeast.  This educational program is a joint effort of County Extension Agents and University of Florida Beef and Forage Specialists.

The focus of the 2017 Beef Conference will be: “Crucial Management in Challenging Times.”  Dr. Cliff Lamb, UF Beef Reproduction Specialist will be the keynote speaker.  He will be sharing his talk entitled: “Essential Reproductive Management Considerations for Challenging Times.”  Dr. Matt Hersom, UF Beef Specialist will also be providing a key presentation called: “Essential Nutrition:  Put Your Money Where Her Mouth Is.”   Charles Mitchell, Emeritus Auburn Soil Specialist will be discussing “Strategies to Reduce Fertilizer Costs in Forage Systems.”  Other topics will also focus on general ranch management with lower cattle price.

For the full schedule, download the printer friendly flyer:

2017 NW FL Beef Conference Flyer

How does the Trade Show work?

Table Top Displays will be set up on 8 foot tables along the walls of the auditorium.  Equipment Displays will be set up just outside the auditorium, in the nearby pavilion.  The cost of sponsoring and exhibiting is $160 for either type of exhibit.  The program will have designated times for ranchers to visit with the Trade Show Exhibitors:  45 minutes during registration, 45 minutes in the middle of the program, and 1 hour immediately after lunch is served.

In order to boost interaction between ranchers and exhibitors at the event, exhibitors will be introduced just prior to the Trade Show break.  Door prizes are another tool many of our exhibitors use to introduce ranchers to their products.  Each participant will be given door prize tickets at registration, so if you would like provide some product, just bring it with you to the event.  Tickets for door prizes will be drawn during lunch.

8 ft. table top displays in the auditorium where the meeting is held.

8 ft. table top displays in the auditorium where the meeting is held.

Outdoor equipment display under pavilion outside meeting room.

Outdoor equipment display under pavilion outside meeting room.

What does my $150 go towards?  

The Beef Conference is a non-profit, annual Extension educational program.  All of the sponsorship money goes to cover the expenses of the event:  speaker travel, drinks and snacks, and a steak lunch for everyone in attendance.

Why is it worth my time and money?

150-175 cattle producers, Extension Agents and Specialists, and Ag industry representatives from across the Florida Panhandle and Southeast Alabama annually attend the Beef Conference.  This type of format has been very successful for the past 31 years.  Company representatives will make valuable contact with numerous beef producers from this region at one event.

Where will the Conference be located?

The Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held in the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center, located just behind the Jackson County Extension Office.  The Extension Office and the Ag Conference Center are located on State Road 276 (Penn Avenue) 1 mile north of Interstate 10, in Marianna, Florida.  The sign at the road is marked “Jackson County Agriculture Offices.”

  • To get there from I-10, exit at State Road 276 (exit 136) and travel North 1 mile. This is the western Marianna exit.   Look for a long tan building with a green metal roof on the left hand side.
    • The Conference Center is at the rear of the building.  The best entrance for unloading is the service entrance on the south side of the building.  Pavilion access for equipment is the dirt road on the north end of property.

What do I have to do to participate?

  1. Use this link: Eventbrite exhibitor registration (online registration and Credit Card payment)

  2. Use the button for tickets and select “Trade Show Exhibitor.”

  3. Enter your contact information, credit card information, and then select the type of exhibit you would prefer:  “indoor 8ft. table-top display” or “outdoor equipment display”

  4. If needed, make a reservation at a local hotel for February 7th:  Fairfield Inn –  (850) 482-0012

  5. Set up your display.  Set up time for displays will be from 1:00-4:30 PM February 7th or from 6:30-7:30 AM on Wednesday, February 8th (the morning of the event).  Special arrangements can be made if you are going to arrive after 4:30 PM on the 7th, but please call ahead so we are aware of the need.

  6. Optional:  Provide a door prize for the lunch drawing.



For more information contact:

Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director
Beef Conference Chairman