If you’re in the beef industry, we’ll see you at the NCBA’s Beef Convention in Nashville this February 1st through the 3rd.

The 2017 Beef Convention of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) marks the 120th year the annual event has been held, and it’s a “can’t miss event” for those in the beef industry. AgAmerica Lending is sending a team to Nashville, Tennessee, to meet with the country’s cattlemen and women. Attendees can stop by the AgAmerica booth #1835 to say hello and get answers to questions about cattle land loans from VP/Director of Sales and Underwriting, Colin Clyne, Relationship Managers, Don Harden and Aaron Walters, and Correspondent Lenders Ethan Cooper and Cameron Flowers. See what other benefits the Beef Convention offers, and why beef is so important to Tennessee, below.

Beef Convention Event Highlights

The NCBA’s Beef Convention is the largest cattle industry event in the nation. The three days of the Convention are jam-packed with events, meetings, and educational seminars, including:

  • The joint and individual meetings of five industry organizations.
  • 2017 Cattlemen’s College and other educational sessions, demonstrations, and the learning lounge.
  • The largest trade show in the cattle business.
  • Networking opportunities, such as the Young Beef Leaders Networking Reception, the Young Cattlemen’s Conference Alumni Reception, and the Emerging Leaders Luncheon.
  • Industry awards, like the Environmental Stewardship Awards program and the Best of Beef Breakfast.
  • Entertainment events, like the Cowboy’s Night at the Grand Ole Opry.

Beef’s Importance in Tennessee

Beef is a vital part of the ag industry in Tennessee. The state ranked 9th in the country for beef cow numbers and 15th based on the total number of cattle in 2015, according to statistics shared by James B. Neel, a Professor of Animal Science at the University of Tennessee. Of the 79,000 farms in Tennessee, 53 percent of them have beef cattle, and there are beef cattle ranches in every county in the state.

Similarly, the sale of cattle and calves is one of the leading source of ag income in Tennessee, and has been for years. According to USDA ERS data on Tennessee, the state’s total cash receipts for cattle and calves was over $700 million in 2015. All in all, more Tennesseans are involved with beef cattle than any other ag enterprise.

As the nation’s premier agricultural lender, AgAmerica offers farm ag loans and beef cattle loans to Tennessee ranchers and to ranchers all over the country. See the successes other cattlemen and women have had with our custom loan packages, and if you’re at the NCBA Beef Convention, stop by to discuss your ranching needs.