KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (May 20, 2021) - The second class of Missouri Cattlemen's Leadership College embarked on the second session of the program this week. MCLC identifies the next great leaders of the beef industry and cultivates their knowledge over the course of a year.
Attendees include Kristin Benne, Auxvasse; Katrina Bergman, Ballard; Julie Deering, Montgomery City; Alex Haun, Holden; Allie Lock, Carrollton; Jack Long, Cole Camp; Jennifer Poor, Pomona; Jesse Porter, Butler; and David Wolfe, Pilot Grove.
Session Two will take place in Northwest Missouri where members will hear from program sponsor Merck Animal Health and participate in a panel of breed associations, including American Angus Association, American International Charolais Association, Heart of America Gelbvieh Association, American Hereford Association and American Shorthorn Association.
Throughout the weekend, they will visit Missouri Cattlemen’s Association member operations, including Oval F Ranch in Savannah, Thummel Enterprises in Sheridan and KK Farms in Osborne. Other stops are scheduled for St. Joseph Stockyards, Stetson Outlet and Northwest Missouri State University Ag Learning Center.
Sydney Thummel, MCA manager of membership, said the goal of the session is to expose attendees to Missouri’s vast beef industry.
"Missouri is home to an incredibly diverse agriculture industry. Our participants come from equally diverse backgrounds and this session provides an opportunity for them to think outside the box and see how other areas of the state raise cattle," Thummel said.
Members took part in MCA’s County Leadership Conference in March, visiting with legislators in Jefferson City and participating in several workshops intended to sharpen their advocacy skills. This fall, attendees will visit Kansas and Texas to further broaden their beef horizons and enable them to take the industry and MCA to the next level. They will graduate at the 53rd Annual Missouri Industry Convention and Trade Show in Columbia.