St. Joseph, Mo.: Beef Leaders Institute deadline is March 1

Farm Forum

American Angus Association members interested in becoming more effective leaders in the agriculture industry are encouraged to apply for the sixth annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI). Held June 17 to 20, the program brings 20 Angus producers together in Saint Joseph, Mo., for a series of informative sessions.

“We are thrilled to offer this experience to our younger Association members each year,” says Shelia Stannard, director of activities and events. “It’s a fun way for participants to learn about all segments of the beef business, while meeting fellow breeders from across the country.”

Funded through the Angus Foundation, BLI is designed for Association members 25 to 45 years old to provide insight into the beef industry, while enhancing their knowledge of the Association and strengthening leadership skills.

Brock Foxhoven, a 2012 participant from Crofton, Neb., said BLI gave him the opportunity to understand how his own farming efforts play into the larger beef cattle production system.

“I see the industry through the filter of my cattle and my operation, but don’t get the chance to see it through the eyes of a feeder or packing plant,” Foxhoven said. “BLI expanded my point of view to see the whole picture.”

During the three-day event, BLI participants are able to tour a beef harvesting and packing facility, retailer, fabricator, feedlots and other industry segments, including the Association. The Association provides transportation, lodging, meals and materials during BLI. Attendees will be responsible for round-trip transportation between their home and either Kansas City or Saint Joseph, Mo.

For more information on BLI or to download an application, visit the Association website ( Applications for the 2013 program are due March 1.