K-State’s Annual Cattlemen’s Day is Friday

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Beef and cattle producers can hear about the latest research, technology and economic challenges and opportunities facing the industry at Kansas State University’s annual Cattlemen’s Day.

K-State professor and beef cattle Extension specialist Dale Blasi says Cattlemen’s day is designed to address key issues and provide information that keeps the industry efficient and relevant.

One of the keynote speakers at Friday’s event, Dr. Brad Morgan, senior director of protein for Performance Food, will offer some insight on the impact plant-sourced or cultured meat could have on the beef market.

In addition to Morgan’s presentation, Blasi says K-State agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor will be covering a variety of topics important to beef and cattle producers.

The 106th Annual Cattlemen’s Day begins Friday morning at 8 with refreshments, exhibits and a commercial trade show in Weber Hall on the Manhattan campus. Early registration is closed, but producers can still attend by paying $30 at the door. There is no charge for students. For more information, visit: ksubeef.org.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.