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Sure, the Missouri Livestock Symposium is known for its outstanding programs for horse, beef cattle, forage, sheep, meat goat, and stock dog owners and producers.  But according to Garry L. Mathes, Missouri Livestock Symposium committee chair, the Symposium has much more.

The annual Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held Friday and Saturday, December 4 & 5 at the William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville, MO. Besides the many educational programs on Saturday, the Symposium also features an agriculturally related trade show that begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and opens again Saturday morning at 8 a.m., a free beef meal on Friday evening at 6 p.m., and a free lunch on Saturday at noon, coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and sponsored by many of Missouri’s fine commodity groups and the Missouri Livestock Symposium planning committee.

Friday evening’s program will feature a keynote address titled “The Customer May Not Always Be Right, But…?” by Mike Adams of Agritalk.  Dr. Larry Wiggins of Memphis, Missouri will be inducted into the Missouri Livestock Symposium Hall of Fame and Al Kennett will receive the Ag Educators Lifetime Achievement Award. Full program details can be found at www.missourilivestock.com or by calling 660-665-9866.

According to Mathes, this year the 2015 Missouri Livestock Symposium will bring in speakers from several states and from coast to coast, as in the past.  Some of these speakers will be talking about things of interest to all consumers, regardless of whether they are from the city or the country.

As an example, Mathes points to this year’s expanded Food Chatter and Around the Home and Farm Sections.  Topics and speakers include: Avian Flu, Charlotte Clifford Rathert, DVM, Lincoln University; Fats and Your Health Q & A, Kevin Fritsche, MU professor of nutritional immunology; AGvocating: If you don’t tell your story, they will, Kate Lambert, Uptown Farms, Laclede, MO; The Amazing Honeybee and Colony Collapse: Ecological Disaster or Temporary Setback, Eugene Makovec, beekeeper from Foley, MO; and the popular Holiday Flower Arranging with Jennifer Schutter, MU extension horticulture specialist.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium partners with The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Monetary donations may be left at the registration table on Friday and Saturday. Every dollar contributed to the food bank provides 15 pounds of food.

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