For the first time ever, Clay County hosted the Indiana Beef Cattle Association Beef Forum for Region 5 on Monday. People from Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Monroe, Green and Sullivan counties gathered Monday evening at the Clay County Fairgrounds. This was one of 10 regional forums throughout the state sponsored by Touchstone Energy and put on by the IBCA and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.
The Clay County Beef Cattle Association was recently formed to "promote quality beef production under safe environmental conditions, encourage youth involvement in the beef industry and provide educational programs for beef producers and consumers in the area." The new organization was asked to host the event this year.
Those who attended were treated to a meal and program. Jason Tower, superintendent of Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center (SIPAC), spoke to the group about fall and winter grazing. He was followed by Phillip Anderson, executive vice president of the IBCA, who talked more about the economic side of raising beef cattle.
The forum also included a short business meeting, during which a new executive director was chosen for Region 5. Phil Fry of Putnam County beat out J.D. Fulk of Greene County by one vote.