An agricultural dinner meeting is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Belington Fire Hall.
This even speaker will be Scott Barao, a graduate of Michigan State University who received a doctorate in beef cattle nutrition and management. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in human nutrition and biochemistry and a master's degree in microbiology.
Barao held a faculty position in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland for 20 years, where he served as the state beef cattle extension specialist and beef program leader. He retired from his faculty position as a full professor in 2005.
Since 2005, Barao has served as the executive director of the Jorgensen Family Foundation Inc., a nonprofit agricultural research and education foundation devoted to developing and demonstrating profitable and sustainable models of beef cattle production for beef cattle producers in the Mid-Atlantic region. He also directs the day-to-day operation of Hedgeapple farm, the centerpiece of the foundation.
In addition, Barao has served as the executive vice president of the Maryland Cattlemen's Association, the state's largest single commodity organization, and as executive director of Maryland Beef Council continuously since 1985.
There is a charge for the dinner, and reservations should be made by March 5 by calling either the Tygarts Valley Conservation District at 304-457-3026 or a local West Virginia University Extension Office. There is no charge to attend only the program.