By Jerry Lindquist MSU Extension Agricultural Educator PARIS\u00a0\u2014 Local farmers looking for more information about beef production will have an opportunity to learn at a community-wide meeting. The event for beef feeder calf and seed stock producers will be offered\u00a0from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Paris, by the\u00a0Michigan State University Extension Beef Team. The U.S. beef industry has been on a roller coaster ride over the past decade with\u00a0droughts and the resulting record-high feed prices causing the lowest beef cattle\u00a0numbers in the country since the 1950s. Those farms that were able to stay in\u00a0business were then fortunate to experience record high cattle prices in 2014 and many\u00a0realized strong profits for the first time in recent memory. But beef prices fell in the fall\u00a0of 2015, which will mean less profit potential for the farms in the future, but will spell\u00a0some relief to the consumer. To address methods for beef producers to stabilize their bottom line in this current\u00a0market, the MSU Beef Team will offer a meeting to address cost of production\u00a0containment. According to Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension grazing educator, "the record\u00a0profits are gone, but these current prices for beef feeder calves still provide good\u00a0opportunities for farms to profit and are better prices than what we have seen pre-2014." Speakers at the meeting will include Lindquist, MSU Extension beef\u00a0educator\u00a0Kevin Gould, Dr. Dan Buskirk, an MSU beef specialist, and George Quackenbush of the\u00a0Michigan Cattlemen\u2019s Association. Topics will include area results of\u00a0using multi-species cover crop mixes for cattle grazing, soil improvement and profit,\u00a0understanding beef cow cost of production for Michigan, understanding beef bull\u00a0economics and value, and new opportunities with the Michigan beef check-off. The meeting will take place at the Green Charter Township Hall, 21432 Northland Dr.,\u00a0Paris. Reservations are preferred by Friday, Jan. 22. There is a $20 per person\u00a0registration fee to cover the cost of meeting. Farms can register online at\u00a0msue.anr.msu.edu\/events\/beef_cow_calf_producer_update_1 or by mailing\u00a0payments to MSU at Ionia MSU Extension, 50 E. Sprague Rd., Ionia, MI 48846. For\u00a0more info call Jerry Lindquist at 231-832-6139.