Parsons, Kansas —
The seventh class of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) graduated November 30 at the close of the KLA Convention. Vista from Merck Animal Health partnered with KLA to host 20 members for a series of four seminars throughout 2012. This class brings the total number of YSA alumni to 139.
Attending the KLA Convention was the final session for this year’s class. The two-day event provided participants the opportunity to gain additional industry knowledge and interact with KLA members from across the state. YSA members got a firsthand look into the inner workings of the association by attending the KLA Chairmen’s Circle meeting. The group also took part in the policy-making process by attending committee and council meetings where members discussed issues affecting their business interests. Immediately prior to the convention, YSA members received their Masters of Beef Advocacy degrees, following an in-depth spokesperson training session with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Communications Daren Williams.
During the first session in February, attendees were exposed to advocacy training, the legislative process and services provided by KLA. The second installment took the group to Kansas City in June, where they learned about the agribusiness and retail beef industries. YSA members went to western Kansas in October to tour beef and dairy operations representing various segments of each industry.
The 2012 class includes Shea Baird, Levant; Beau Beyer, Le Roy; Tyler Breeden, Quinter; Brett Brownback, Centerville; Brandi Buzzard, Manhattan; Lance Cline, Onaga; Bo Downing, Longton; Calder Keller, Oakley; Tyler Leonhard, Beatrice, NE; Leanne Litton, Glasco; Drew Obermeyer, Marysville; Kyra O’ Brien, Hepler; Alycia Penewit, Satanta; Wyatt Rundel, Colby; Garrett Schultz, Manhattan; Nathan Simmons, Hesston; Sam States, Logan; Kiley Stinson, Allen; Andrea Stroberg, Manhattan; and Chelsea Townsend, Larned.
KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of members at both the state and federal levels. Voluntary dues dollars paid by producers are used for programs that benefit KLA members in the areas of legislative representation, regulatory assistance, legal troubleshooting, communications and the advancement of youth. £