Every year, the Angus Foundation sponsors one individual to attend the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Young Cattlemen's Conference. The application, due this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, can be found at www.angusfoundation.org.
The Foundation's sponsorship covers flight costs and registration fees. The applicant must be between the ages of 25 to 50 and must also be a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
YCC allows young leaders the chance to see first-hand and further understand all aspects of the beef industry. Attendees participate in a nationwide tour of the beef production chain from ranch to feedlot to packing plant, through marketing and regulatory affairs and finally ending at consumer foodservice.
"YCC is an incredible opportunity for a young Angus breeder to broaden their scope of the beef cattle industry," says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. "From their increased level of knowledge gained through participating in this comprehensive educational program, participants become more adept and effective communicators in promoting the benefits of beef consumption to an ever-increasingly health conscious consumer public."
Recent tours have typically began at the NCBA headquarters in Denver, Colo., then traveled to Swift & Company headquarters, visited a feedyard in Kansas, a packing plant in South Dakota, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and seedstock operations in Virginia, before the trip ends in Washington D.C., which includes stops at USDA, the Capitol, the White House and the Department of the Interior.
"With this investment by the Angus Foundation in the education of our young producers and members through invaluable experiences such as YCC, our Angus breed and beef industry's future will continue to be bright for many years to come in the future," says Jenkins.
For more information on YCC, the Angus Foundation, or a list of previous Angus YCC representatives, visit www.angusfoundation.org.