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Young Stockmen’s Academy holds first seminar of 2020

The class of 2020 learned about the Kansas Livestock Association and saw lobbyists in action.

February 27, 2020

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Members of the Young Stockmen’s Academy class of 2020
2020 YSA CLASS: The class of Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockmen’s Academy will meet three more times this year to participate in seminars held around the state. KLA

A group of young producers from across the state met in Topeka on Feb. 18-19 for the first installment of the 2020 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy. Merck Animal Health is again partnering with the association to host these members for an in-depth look into KLA and the beef industry. The class will participate in four seminars throughout the year, which will be held in various locations across the state.

During the first session, attendees learned about the array of member services provided by KLA, heard about the importance of being an advocate for the livestock industry, saw KLA lobbyists in action at the state Capitol and took part in the KLA Legislative Meeting. In addition, YSA members attended a Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee meeting at the Capitol and participated in a financial planning seminar conducted by K-Coe Isom.  

As part of an interactive training session led by KLA staff, Alma ranchers and beef advocates Arturo and Wrenn Pacheco and WIBW-Topeka farm broadcaster Greg Akagi the group was given an overview of various media outlets available to help tell the beef production story.

The Pachecos shared how they have implemented advocacy into their daily routine through the use of their blog, Cooking with the Cowboy.

Members of the 2020 YSA class are Brooke Boulware, Scott City; Katie Campbell, Leoti; Brian Carlton, Larned; Clara Cross, Minneapolis; Cayden Daily, Great Bend; Matthew Harrison, White City; Trevor Haun, Fall River; Julie Hiesterman, Palmer; Josh Johnson, Saint Francis; Trent Johnson, Fort Scott; Clayton Kershner, Rush Center; Colton Lowry, Alemna; Chris Mushrush, Strong City; Derek Neal, Wamego; Austin Pacey, Salina; Darcy Reeve, Garden City; Matthew Rezac, Onaga; Audrey Schultz, Andover; Justin Shields, Colby; and Brandt Skinner, Leonardville.

The second session for the YSA class will be held in May. Members will have the opportunity to learn more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries. More information about YSA can be found at kla.org.

KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers, feeders and dairy farmers. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. The association’s work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its 5,500 members.

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