With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. Because NCBA serves the grassroots trade association representing the U.S. beef cattle industry, it is our responsibility to see that leadership development is successful. That is why we continue to offer Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. Over 1000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni participate in committees and councils and even more serve on the board of directors. Several presidents and officers of NCBA and predecessor organizations have also participated in YCC. This program has become and will continue to be the cornerstone of leadership training efforts within the cattle industry.
The primary objective is to develop leadership qualities in young cattle producers and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour helps these young leaders understand all areas of our industry ranging from industry structure to issues management, from production research to marketing. We would also request the participant commit to staying the entire trip.
2017 will be the 38th year the tour has been conducted. This program has developed to such a level that these young men and women are heavily screened and only a few young industry leaders are able to attend. For an individual from Michigan to participate in the YCC, he or she must be nominated by the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, be between the ages of 25 to 50 and be an MCA member and an NCBA member.
The tour will begin in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the industry. The group will take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting our industry and what NCBA is doing to address these issues on behalf of its members, plus receive a comprehensive view of market information from Cattle-Fax. The group will then travel to JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner Feedyard, one of the nation’s largest cattle feeding operations, a one-time capacity of over 100,000 head located in Northern Colorado. We will then tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants. JBS will host the group and will be sharing with them their views of the beef industry from a processor standpoint. Chicago is the next destination. Here the group will visit the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc., one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. The participants will then travel to the nation’s Capitol. Here they will get a chance to meet with their respective congressmen and senators. In addition, the group will visit with a number of regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture.
The selected participant is responsible for a portion of the costs. The total Michigan cost for the event will be approximately $3,000. The Michigan participant will be required to pay a $1,500 deposit when selected. The Michigan Beef Industry Commission will pay $1,200 and the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association will pay $300. Keep in mind that the $3,000 cost includes travel, hotel and meal expenses during the tour. The participant will be responsible for purchasing airfare from home to Denver and from Washington D.C. to home. The support from JBS, JBS Five Rivers, Elanco Animal Health and John Deere and NCBA sponsorship covers the remaining expenses. The deposit is non-refundable as of April 15, 2017.
If you are interested in attending a future YCC tour, completed the application and return it to the MCA office.