LEAD conference travels to Philadelphia

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Angus youth from across the country will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference, July 31-Aug. 3. The 2014 event is themed “Forefathers & Farmers: Cultivating Angus Youth” and is designed for NJAA members 14-21 years of age.

“We are looking forward to hosting this year’s LEAD conference in an area rich with history and tradition,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association director of junior activities. “It will be a memorable weekend for everyone involved.”

Angus juniors will attend leadership workshops presented by the NJAA Board, as well as listen to professional speakers Jim “Basketball” Jones and Laymon Hicks.

Tours during this year’s LEAD conference will give attendees a look at agriculture on the nation’s east coast as they visit Herr’s Angus Farm and chip factory, tour a mushroom farm and the well-known Cherry Knoll Farm.

In addition, junior members will participate in numerous breakout sessions regarding agricultural careers, visit historical sites around Philadelphia, and take part in a community service project.

“Our goal is that Angus youth have the opportunity to visit a new part of the country, make new friends and understand the impact Angus cattle have on agriculture in all areas of the country,” Upperman says.

Conference space is limited, and early registration is encouraged by the June 15 deadline. The early registration fee for NJAA members is $250. After June 15, registration will be $275 and accepted based on space availability. Registration for adults, state advisors and chaperones is $300; no early registration deadline applies. Registration is available online at www.angus.org/njaa.

Gary M. Stoller Jump Start Your LEADership Award

First or second-time LEAD attendees may consider applying for the Gary M. Stoller Jump Start Your LEADership Award, which helps provide financial assistance with LEAD travel expenses. Interested applicants must submit a one-page typed essay expressing why the LEAD conference is important, what they hope to gain by participating, and the extent of their financial needs.

For more information, contact the junior activities department at 816-383-5100. LEAD is funded by the Angus Foundation and is a program of the NJAA, which provides programs for nearly 7,000 members across the nation.

About the NJAA

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for nearly 7,000 active members nationwide. For more information about the National Junior Angus Show or the NJAA, look online or call the Association at 816-383-5100.