'Future Angus Stockmen' enrollment now open for young beef producers

'Future Angus Stockmen' enrollment now open for young beef producers

New 'Future Angus Stockmen' program will focus on business skills for college-age farmers and ranchers looking to become involved in the beef business

College-age and recent college graduates looking to expand beef production skills and raise Angus-based commercial cattle may now enroll in a new educational program.

The American Angus Association launched its new "Future Angus Stockmen" program, which will give young producers a business-focused jumpstart in beef production skills, on March 1.

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"Strong skills in communications, marketing, data analysis and business planning are critical in our industry's challenge to produce quality beef," says Ginette Kurtz, Association director of commercial programs.

Rancher Loren Poncia monitors his cattle at the Stemple Creek Ranch on April 24, 2014, in Tomales, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Future Angus Stockmen program will offer young beef producers educational opportunities that teach them how to thrive in the beef cattle industry, social networking to connect them with fellow beef producers, and leadership development to "instill an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to improve their businesses," the Association says.

Participants will learn how to use expected progeny differences and dollar-value indexes, while incorporating DNA technology to make data-driven decisions.

In partnership with Zoetis, the American Angus Association also will offer those enrolled in the program a reduced rate for GeneMax Advantage and GeneMax Focus tests.

"The connections, confidence and communication skills that can be gained from this program will be priceless to any young enthusiastic producer," Kurtz says.

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Additional program benefits include complimentary enrollment in either AngusSource or AngusSource Genetic, the Association's marketing program for Angus-sired feeder calves and replacement females.

Future Angus Stockmen participants will also learn to use recordkeeping tools like the Beef Record Service or MaternalPlus at a reduced cost for submitting data.

Young farmers and ranchers who enroll in the program also will have the chance to apply for scholarships if they are or will be enrolled in a two- or four-year college while majoring in agriculture, the Association said.

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Scholarship winners will be announced at the 2015 National Angus Convention & Trade Show, Nov. 3-5, 2015, in Overland Park, Kan. The Future Angus Stockmen program launched March 1.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association, visit angus.org.

This story has been updated. It first appeared Jan. 22, 2015.

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