Entering the beef industry in a time of diversity and opportunity is exciting.
Global challenges in agriculture are exploding. Whether it's the growth and debate of genetically modified organisms or food safety and animal welfare, young beef industry enthusiasts have the opportunity to make an impact and convey a message.
The industry needs young cattle enthusiast that can grow and thrive in an ever-changing industry and it's the mission of the Illinois Beef Association Young Beef Leaders to shape our industry's future leaders.
"Young beef enthusiasts are our future, and it is important to expose them to all segments of the business," says Shelia Stannard, IBA director of industry programs. "We hope this Young Beef Leader Training Program will give more of our producers a big picture perspective of the beef industry while providing leadership development and networking opportunities."
Through a series of field days designed to expose members to all aspects of the industry, the IBA offers Young Beef Leaders the opportunity to further explore our business, gain essential information and network with fellow IBA members. This program offers participants the opportunity to visit leading agribusinesses and learn from industry experts. Through the development of Beef Checkoff programs, Young Beef Leaders can engage and educate consumers about the nutritious product cattlemen produce and the beef farmer's commitment to animal care and the environment.
For an individual to participate in the Young Beef Leaders training program, he or she must be an IBA member between the ages of 21-40 and submit an application to the IBA by May 15. The application and a schedule of events can be found on the IBA website, www.illinoisbeef.com.
Source: Illinois Beef Association