106th Annual CCA/CCW Convention

November 30, 2022 - December 2, 2022

The 2022 CCA/CCW Convention is headed back to the Nugget Casino Reno and will be held inconjuction with the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention. Scroll for all the details on Convention and the 2022 California + Nevada Cattle Industry Tradeshow.



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Confirmed speakers and updates

Attendee Registration (Online Registration is closed. Register onsite.)


Tradeshow Exhibitor Registration




Convention attendees 2021

Stephen KoontzStephen Koontz, Colorado State University Professor in the Dept. of Ag and Resource Economics

Stephen will speak during the Opening General Session on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. 

Stephen Koontz is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. He works in the areas of commodity marketing, risk management, market price analysis, and agribusiness industrial organization. His interests are in commercial agriculture production and marketing and the functioning agribusinesses. His responsibilities at Colorado State University include outreach, teaching, and research.


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Colin Woodall, NCBA Chief Executive Officer

Colin will share about NCBA’s recent efforts in Washington, D.C. and beyond during General Session #3 on Thursday from 1-2pm. 

Colin Woodall is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and leads the country’s oldest and largest national trade association for cattle producers in being the trusted voice and definitive leader of the beef industry.

Originally from Big Spring, Texas, Colin graduated from Texas A&M and then worked as a grain elevator manager and merchandiser for Cargill at several locations in western Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle.  After venturing to Washington, Colin took a job with U.S. Senator John Cornyn from Texas.  He has been with NCBA since 2004 and served as the association’s Chief Lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for a decade.  He is a founding member of the Government Relations Leadership Forum, a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association, the Agribusiness Club of Washington, D.C., the Washington Agricultural Roundtable, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Agriculture Council of America.  He also volunteers as a junior commercial steer show judge at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Kaitlynn Glover

Kaitlynn Glover, Public Lands Council and NCBA Natural Resource Executive Director

Kaitlynn will speak in multiple policy meetings and updates on Thursday. 

Kaitlynn joined NCBA and PLC at the start of 2020 and works closely with CCA staff on public land and natural resource issues impacting California and the West. To learn more about Kaitlynn and the experience she brings click here.

Daren Williams

Daren R. Williams, Almond Board of California

Daren will be leading a basic media training on Wednesday afternoon and an advanced training on Thursday morning. Check the schedule for more details. All are welcome to participate. 

Daren joined the Almond Board of California in February 2018 as Senior Director of Global Communications, directing the Board’s Reputation Management, Industry Relations and Communications, and Field Outreach and Education programs. In this role, he oversees communications to almond growers to drive adoption of best practices throughout the industry and, in turn, share the positive story with customers and consumers.

Prior to joining ABC, Daren was senior executive director of communications at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, where he led issues and crisis response, media relations and grassroots advocacy efforts for the Beef Checkoff for more than a decade.

A native Kansan, Daren began his career on the 1988 presidential campaign of Senator Bob Dole (R-KS). When that effort fell short of the White House, he joined Agri/Washington, a Washington, D.C.-based agricultural public affairs firm, representing clients in the halls of USDA, FDA, EPA, and Capitol Hill.

After 10 years in the Nation’s Capital, Daren returned to his Midwestern roots to join the Kansas City office of Fleishman Hillard International Communications, where he provided communications counsel for a wide variety of clients in food and agriculture, health care, and consumer products.

Daren holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ottawa University in Kansas, where he met his wife, Leslie. Daren and Leslie have two grown daughters, Shelby and Haley.

Brett Stuart

Brett Stuart, Global AgriTrends

Brett will speak during General Session #2 on Thursday from 8-10am. 

Brett Stuart is a founding partner of Global AgriTrends, a Denver based firm founded in 2006, focused on research, analysis and forecasting of the global agriculture sector. The work of the firm specializes in coverage of the global meat and poultry sectors. The firm also conducts research around the globe and provides market analysis to a wide variety of clients from multi-national meat companies to pharmaceuticals to exporting firms and trade associations.

Patrick Linnell

Patrick Linnell, CattleFax

CCA looks forward to hearing from Patrick at this year’s CattleFax Breakfast on Friday morning.

Born and raised in eastern Oregon, Patrick Linnell grew up with a commercial and registered Red Angus background. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural business from Colorado State University, where he was a member of both the meats and livestock judging teams and was involved in other clubs and activities. In fall 2017, Patrick earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics from CSU. His research focused on price forecasting and fed cattle markets.

Patrick joined CattleFax as an analyst in January 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Cattle Market Research and Analysis. His primary responsibilities include fundamental research and analysis within the cattle markets, as well as helping producers navigate markets and manage risk within their operations. Patrick is responsible for serving CattleFax members in the western region and writes frequently for CattleFax publications.

Patrick and his wife, Jordy, live in Castle Rock, Colorado with their two Corgis. They frequent the ski slopes in the winter and enjoy helping with the family operation in Oregon whenever possible. Patrick also helps coach the local 4-H livestock judging team.

Brian Bledsoe

Brian Bledsoe, Meteorologist

Brian give producers an outlook on the weather during the Opening General Session on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. This speaker is sponsored by WSR Insurance.

Brian is a chief meteorologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado for KKTV 11 and is the owner of a weather consulting business. Having grown up on a ranch, he understands just how important the weather is when it comes to agriculture. Click here to learn more about him.


Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes, New Mexico State University

Dr. Scholljegerdes will speak on Thursday during CBCIA’s Producer Education session from 4-5pm. This session is sponsored by CBCIA.

Dr. Scholljegerdes is a Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is the Range Livestock Nutritionist with an emphasis in cow/calf nutrition with a focus on strategic supplementation programs that not only improve cow reproduction but also improve the longevity, health, and growth performance of their offspring.

Michele Payn

Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corp

Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for global agriculture —and antagonizing people into action. She will be a keynote speaker for the California CattleWomen.

Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded AgChat and FoodChat on Twitter. She is the author of three books: # 1 Best Seller, Food Bullying; Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY bronze medal winner; and No More Food Fights! Michele’s degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her ‘city slicker’ husband and cow-loving daughter on a small farm in central Indiana. She enjoys Registered Holsteins, the MSU Spartans, and making memories with friends around the table. Michele connects conversations around the food plate at www.causematters.com and socially through @mpaynspeaker.




Convention attendees 2021

Full registrations include all events except the Cowbelle of the Year Lunch and CCA/CCW Awards Banquet. Not a member and want to join? Become a member at calcattlemen.org/join

Online registration is now closed. Registration will be available onsite at an increased price.

Registration prices

CCA/CCW Member: $275
Young Cattlemen’s Committee Member: $125
Non-Member: $325

CCW Cowbelle of the Year Lunch: $60
CCA & CCW Awards Banquet: $100
CCW Awards Breakfast: $60 (This option is intended for those who are not purchasing a full registration. If you purchase a full registration this breakfast option is already included.)

Registrations are non-refundable.


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The cutoff to make reservations in the CCA room block at the Nugget Casino Resort was Monday, Nov. 14th! Call the Nugget directly at (800) 648-1177 to book a room outside the block.



Convention exhibitors 2021

The California Cattlemen’s Association invites you to exhibit at the 2022 California + Nevada Cattle Industry Tradeshow held in conjunction with the Convention.

Please download the Exhibitor Agreement and Registration Packet to learn more about the details and rules of exhibiting at this year’s tradeshow show or call the CCA office at (916) 444-0845. 

Reserve your booth online or by submitting the packet above via mail, email or fax.

2022 Booth Space Details:
Booth spaces are 10’x10’ and include: backdrape, side rail, ID sign, one six foot skirted table, two side chairs and one wastebasket.

# of booths

CCA and NCA Member Price

Non-Member Price

One booth $550 $650
Two booths $900 $1,000
Three booths $1,050 $1,150
Four booths $1,200 $1,300

Booth assignments are made based on membership status and participation in Association events throughout the year including event sponsorship, attendance at Allied Industry meetings, participating in scholarship interviews, assisting with fundraisers for scholarships or serving in a leadership role. While we value all industry partners, organizations that participate more in the CCA are given priority in terms of booth placement. Initial booth space reservations will be taken through Monday, October 10. Booths reserved after this date can not be guaranteed.

Tradeshow Questions? Contact Lisa Brendlen at lisa@calcattlemen.org or (916) 444-0845.



boot sponsor

CCA has multiple items available to sponsor at this year’s event, ranging in investment prices from $500 and up. Sponsorships are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Download the packet to find out what sponsorship option will work best for your needs and reserve it today! 



The application period for interns is now closed.

Selected interns will help run CCA’s tradeshow booth, onsite registration and other behind the scenes tasks at the event, they will also get to attend select meetings of interest, general sessions and the tradeshow with complimentary lodging and registration. Additionally, the interns will get to interact with CCA leadership and staff, as well as industry leaders at the best attended meeting of the year.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Maureen LaGrande at maureen@calcattlemen.org by Monday, October 10, 2022, at 11:59pm PST. Applicant must be a young, regular or feeder member of the California Cattlemen’s Association and must be a current undergraduate, master, school of law or veterinary student attending or enrolled in a junior college, four-year college, university or law school (high school students are not eligible).


Student at poster sessionStudent at poster session

The deadline to submit posters was Nov. 4. Please join us as an attendee of the session from 2-4pm on Thursday.

Participate in the 2022 Cattlemen’s Poster Session happening at Convention! The goal of the session is to inform attendees about the ongoing beef cattle research and education efforts being conducted in California. Posters can be something that was presented at previous meetings and there is no limit to the number of posters brought from each lab/program.