Young Cattlemen’s Conference
With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. Because NCBA serves the grassroots trade association representing the U.S. beef cattle industry, it is our responsibility to see that leadership development is successful. That is why we continue to offer Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. Over 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni participate in committees and councils and even more serve on the board of directors. Several presidents and officers of NCBA and predecessor organizations have also participated in YCC. This program has become and will continue to be the cornerstone of leadership training efforts within the cattle industry.
The primary objective is to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour helps these young leaders understand all areas of our industry ranging from industry structure to issues management, from production research to marketing. We would also request the participant commit to staying the entire trip.
2014 will be the thirty-fifth year the tour has been conducted. This program has developed to such a level that these young men and women are heavily screened and only a few young industry leaders are able to attend. For an individual to participate in the YCC, he or she must be nominated by one of NCBA’s affiliate members, be between the ages of 25 to 50 and be an NCBA member.
The tour will begin in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the industry. The group will take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting our industry and what NCBA is doing to address these issues on behalf of its members, plus receive a comprehensive view of market information from Cattle-Fax. The group will then travel to JBS Five Rivers’ Kuner Feedyard, one of the nation’s largest cattle feeding operations, a one-time capacity of over 100,000 head located in Northern Colorado. We will then tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants. JBS will host the group and will be sharing with them their views of the beef industry from a processor standpoint. Chicago is the next destination. Here the group will visit the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc. one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. The participants will then travel to the nation’s Capitol. Here they will get a chance to meet with their respective congressmen and senators. In addition, the group will visit with a number of regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture.
May 27 - June 5, 2015
Nomination must be submitted by a NCBA affiliate organization or affiliated national beef breed association. To find out how you can get involved, contact your state affiliate today!
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the nomination process begin?
Nominations for the upcoming trip open in January of that calendar year.
How can I get involved?
All nomination must be submitted by a NCBA affiliate organization or affiliated national beef breed association and they process varies from affiliate to affiliate. To find out how you can get involved, contact your state affiliate today!
What are the trip requirements?
For an individual to participate in the YCC, he or she must be nominated by one of NCBA’s affiliate members, be between the ages of 25 to 50 and be an NCBA member.
How do we secure a candidate for our affiliate organization?
State affiliate executives receive correspondence from NCBA Staff announcing when nominations are open the first part of January in the calendar year of the trip. Positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis and the trip fills up quickly. For more information about the 2014 Young Cattlemen’s Conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.