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January 23, 2013

NCBA announces speaker lineup for 2013 convention

Parsons, Kansas — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced the lineup of speakers for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla. Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy will officially kick off the convention with keynote remarks during the General Opening Session, scheduled for Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. and sponsored by Boehringher Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. The Tuohys’ life was first chronicled in the bestselling book, The Blind Side which went on to become a Hollywood blockbuster film. The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager turned first round draft pick NFL football player, with the support and love of an unlikely adoptive family, the Tuohys.

Two years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, the Tuohys continue to make an impact. In July 2010, they released the New York Times best-selling book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, the Making It Happen Foundation which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.

General Session II, sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, takes place Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. and features Stuart Varney, host of “Varney & Company” on FOX Business Channel. Veteran business and financial journalist Varney will offer a positive take on the economy and will discuss the current financial situation and what it means for you, your family, and your business. In this age of uncharted economic territory Varney shares his most pivotal reminder: America, and only America, has the flexibility and confidence to lead the world out of this crisis and come out stronger than ever.

Varney appears regularly on FOX News Channel with Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly. An economist trained at the London School of Economics, Varney offers his wide-ranging and sophisticated expertise, evaluating political administrations and their effects on the economy.

"Convention attendees can expect educational, inspirational speeches from each of our keynote speakers,” said NCBA President J.D. Alexander. “We are thrilled to have the Tuhoy family and Stuart Varney join us in Tampa to help set the tone for a productive and engaging week ahead.”

For more information on the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, visit www.beefusa.org. £

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