Missouri Cattlemen's Leadership College

Class of 2021

Kristin Benne

Kristin is the 4th generation farming with her family in Kingdom City, MO. She and her husband have a cow-calf operation as well as row crop. They are blessed to enjoy their family farm to the fullest with their children- raising and showing cattle, participating and leading in 4H and supporting their ag community. They enjoy being active members of the Callaway/Montgomery Cattlemen's Association and are co-liaisons for the MoBeef for MoKids.

Auxvasse, MO


Sponsored by:

Callaway-Montgomery Cattlemen's Association

Katrina Bergman

Katrina was born and raised on a cow/calf operation owned by her parents in Bates County. Katrina, her husband, and three children moved back to the farm and began transitioning into leadership roles. Katrina currently runs their commercial Angus cow/calf herd. The family also has a backgrounding component where they sell fresh beef directly to consumers. 

Urich, MO


Sponsored by:

70 Ranch

FCS Financial
Knab Creek Farms
Backroad Productions
Bergman's Blest Ranch
Representative Patricia Pike

Bates County Cattlewomen's Association

Julie Deering

While somewhat new to the beef industry, Julie Deering is no stranger to the livestock sector having extensive experience from the farm to the fork. Today, she's co-owner and operator of Nature's Plow, LLC, a small cow-calf operation founded in 2013 in central Missouri. She and her husband Mike are focused on improving the genetics and profitability of the herd, while teaching their two young boys herdsmanship and the value of a hard day's work.

Montgomery City, MO

Sponsored by:

Callaway-Montgomery Cattlemen's Association

Alex Haun

Alex lives and works on his family's century farm just southeast of Holden, MO, where they row crop; sell seed, fertilizer, and chemical; and manage a commercial cow/calf herd. The family also backgrounds feeder calves with their partners at Vit-A-Zine. Alex currently serves on the MCA Executive Committee.

Holden, MO


Sponsored by:

Haun Farms
Haun Chemical

Allie Lock


Carrollton, MO

Jack Long

Working as the Missouri Cattlemen's Association intern sparked Jack's eagerness to learn more about the various aspects of the beef industry. Jack is currently a senior at the University of Missouri pursuing a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, Jack wants to work with producers and continue his involvement in the cattle industry.

Cole Camp, MO


Sponsored by:

Lucas Cattle Company

Benton County Cattlemen's Association

Jesse Porter

Jesse Porter grew up on a cattle farm before enlisting in the military and serving for 20 years. He now owns his own herd of cattle in Butler, MO.

Butler, MO


Sponsored by:

SurGro
Teri Porter
State Farm
Dr. AJ Porter
Community First Bank
Heiman Agri Service, Inc.

C&W Farms, Carl Bettels

Bates County Veterinary Clinic

Representative Patricia Pike, Dist. 126

Jennifer Poor


Pomona, MO


Sponsored by: 

Barn Hollow Vet


David Wolfe

David was born and raised in rural Cooper County, where he grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm including cow/calf and backgrounding. After graduating from UCM David began his agriculture career focusing on agronomy, which led him to his current role as a Key Account Manager for MFA Incorporated. David has been a cattlemen's board member for twelve years and is currently Cooper County’s President.

Pilot Grove, MO

Sponsored by:

Cooper County Cattlemen's Association

2021 Sessions

Session 1 - Part 1: 

County Leadership Conference

March 8 - 9, 2021

Columbia and Jefferson City, MO

Session 2: 

Agribusiness Tour

May 20 - 22, 2021

Cattlemen's Steak Fry

June 12, 2021

Sedalia, MO

Session 3: 

Beef Industry Tour

September 10-12, 2021

Session 4: 

Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show

January 7 - 9, 2022

Missouri Cattlemen's Leadership College is fully funded thanks to Merck Animal Health

and multiple student tuition sponsors!