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Angus Foundation to sponsor NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference

The Angus Foundation will sponsor one Angus breeder to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) 2004 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC), which is an industry-wide program that develops young leaders for the beef business.

"We’re excited to extend this opportunity to one of our Angus breeders," says Abbie Nelson, Wilton, Calif., chairman of the Angus Foundation Board of Directors. "The influence the Angus business has on the beef cattle industry is more prominent now than ever, and we feel an Angus breeder needs the opportunity to participate in this industry-wide program. The Angus Foundation’s participation in this program also fits the purpose of the organization quite well — to support youth, education and research, which is what YCC is all about."

The purpose of the YCC program is to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour, which begins in Denver and proceeds across the country to Washington, D.C., helps young leaders understand all areas of the beef business, ranging from industry structure to issues management and from production research to marketing. The program is limited to a small number of producers each year, and all participants must be nominated by one of NCBA’s affiliate organizations.

"We hope our participation in this program will encourage Angus breeders to become more active in not only their state cattlemen’s organization and the NCBA, but also their local and state Angus associations," Nelson says. "Developing young breeders who someday will fill leadership roles for the Angus breed and for the entire industry is important to the future of our business. We are happy that the Angus Foundation, and those who have supported it for many years, can allow our membership to become involved at this level."

The Angus representative for the program will be chosen by an appointed committee, and selections will be made through an application process. All applicants must be between 25 and 45 years of age, an active member of the NCBA and an active member in good standing of the American Angus Association. Expenses, including travel to and from the event, and registration costs for the program, will be covered by the Angus Foundation.

Applications are available from the American Angus Association and must be submitted by Jan. 2, 2004.

For more information contact James Fisher, director of activities and junior activities for the Association, at (816) 383-5100 or jfisher@angus.org.

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