The 14th class of the Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy graduated last month at the close of the KLA Convention. Merck Animal Health again partnered with KLA to host 20 members for a series of four seminars throughout 2019.
This class brings the total number of YSA alumni to 280.
Attending the KLA Convention was the final session for this year’s class. The three-day event provided participants the opportunity to gain additional industry knowledge and interact with other KLA members from across the state. YSA members got a firsthand look at the inner workings of the association by attending the KLA Chairmen’s Circle meeting.
The group also participated in the policy-making process by attending committee and council meetings where members discussed issues affecting their business interests, including labeling of meat alternatives, animal disease control, traceability and mandatory price reporting. Immediately prior to the convention, the YSA class participated in an in-depth spokesperson training session with Kate Maher, senior director of organizational communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The group also heard from NCBA President Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn.
During their first session in Topeka last February, attendees were exposed to advocacy training, the legislative process, and services provided by KLA and NCBA. The second installment took the group to Kansas City in May, where they learned about beef marketing and agribusiness. YSA members visited central and western Kansas in September to tour beef and dairy operations representing various segments of each industry.
Members of the 2019 YSA class are Bryce Barnett, Muscotah; Hannah Brass, Medicine Lodge; Carl Clawson, Ulysses; Ashley Fitzsimmons, Pratt; Heather Gibson, Satanta; Grace Hammer, Sharon Springs; Jamie Holeman, Bronson; Taylor Hughes, Pratt; Clayton Jarnagin, Protection; Reed Koop, Abilene; Clinton Laflin, Russell; Socorro Martinez, Liberal; Garrett McKinney, Walton; Michaela Peterson, Dodge City; Cami Roth, Sterling; Dalton Rutledge, Plains; Jessalyn Strahm, Sabetha; Thomas Thayer, LaCygne; Patrick Turner, Ingalls; and Evan Woodbury, Quenemo.
The KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy is designed to develop young members through industry exposure, education and association communication.
YSA consists of a series of four seminars designed to expose participants to leaders from all segments of the industry, including: purebred, cow-calf, backgrounding, dairy, feeding, processing, retail, foodservice, animal health, marketing, finance, etc.
Essential to the overall program are industry issues sessions and business and financial management training. The seminars provide participants the opportunity to further explore the cattle business, gain essential information and network with fellow KLA members.
Participants are selected through a competitive application process. For more information, contact the KLA office at 785-273-5115.
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