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Forage Products, Engaging the Media and Nutrition to be Featured Topics at Statewide Cattle Convention

Two-day conference to focus on ways to produce higher quality livestock, hay pastures and forages 

Hagerstown, Md. (January 7, 2016) – The Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development office is pleased to announce the Maryland Cattle Industry Convention & Hay and Pasture Conference will be held at the Hager Hall Convention Center March 4 – 5  in Hagerstown.   

This joint conference is designed for all individuals interested in livestock, hay, pastures and forages. Educational workshops will cover practical and current issues to help produce better livestock, hay, pastures and other forages in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. Whether you have just a few cows or a large herd, are a purebred or commercial producer, are experienced or a novice, you will find value in the activities and interaction offered through this program.

As part of Saturday’s events, the Maryland Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to sponsor the Livestock Skill-A-Thon, now in its 11th year. MCA is committed to helping youth grow their knowledge of the livestock industry as they develop into future leaders. Individuals may compete in one of three divisions: Junior, Intermediate and Senior. A fee of $5 is required for 4H participants and lunch is $10. Deadline to register is February 19. Contact your local Extension office or Chris Anderson in the State 4H office at or by phone: 301-314-7187.

If you are traveling and need to seek lodging, hotel reservations should be made directly with the Clarion Hotel by calling 301-733-5100. Be sure to ask for the room block reserved for MCA with the room rate of $73.

For more information on the conference, call 410-795-5309 or email

For those in the agriculture community interested in more information contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at: 301-432-4782 or




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Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing, marketing, and managing economic development strategies and implementing marketing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit for more information.

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