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    Beef Checkoff Boot Camp Draws Record Attendance

    Retailers from Maine, N.H., Vermont, Mass., Conn. and Pa. joined conference

    A total of 46 retail meat buyers, managers and directors gathered in Hadley and Hatfield, Mass. on May 10 and 11 for the Beef Checkoff's Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) 2011 Beef Boot Camp. "Know Farming, Know Beef" was the theme of the one-and-a-half-day conference.

    This was the highest boot camp attendance for the NEBPI program to date, according to the Checkoff. Retailers came from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

    During the morning portion of the conference, participants learned about beef industry trends, watched a cutting demonstration of the most recent beef value cuts from the beef round, heard about the results of the 2010 National Meat Case Study, and received information about beef and veal merchandising opportunities. 

    They also gained information about the USDA's FSIS Nutrition Labeling Rule and how they can implement the program in their meat cases using the various websites and tools made available through the Beef Checkoff program.

    The panel of speakers included Laurie Bryant, Meat Import Council of America; Kari Underly, Range Inc.; Dean Conklin and Cheryl Hendricks, National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Chris Marcocci, Streetmarc Advertising and Marketing; and Jean O'Toole, New York Beef Industry Council.

    A farm tour at Luther-Belden Dairy Farm, owned and operated by Darryl and Lucinda Williams of Hatfield, Mass., concluded the event.

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