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Cattlemen’s group developed for youth

Amanda Nolz

Photo by Amanda NolzSDCA YPC member Jessie Geib (left) of DeSmet, SD and Kelsey Nagel of Springfield, SD, promote the new youth organization at a cattle show in Brookings, SD.

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of a rancher is 55.7 years, up from 53.3 years in 2002. The reasons behind this are many. Escalating input costs, increasing land prices, start-up investments and a struggling economy are a few of those reasons that explain why young people are unable to return to the ranch to continue to a career in food production. However, as the average age of ranchers increase, it’s time to start wondering: where is the next generation of ranchers?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has developed an organization called the Young Producers Council (YPC) to serve as a voice for the future of agriculture, individuals 18-35 years of age. Membership is free, but YPC members must also be members of NCBA in order to join. The YPC provides a network for young producers to learn, grow and improve themselves and their operations and to provide an outlet for these members to voice their opinions and share a role in shaping the future of the beef industry. The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) has established a state-level YPC modeled the same as the national group. Kelsey Nagel, SDCA Membership and Communications Coordinator, is excited to get South Dakota youth involved in this organization.

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of a rancher is 55.7 years, up from 53.3 years in 2002. The reasons behind this are many. Escalating input costs, increasing land prices, start-up investments and a struggling economy are a few of those reasons that explain why young people are unable to return to the ranch to continue to a career in food production. However, as the average age of ranchers increase, it’s time to start wondering: where is the next generation of ranchers?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has developed an organization called the Young Producers Council (YPC) to serve as a voice for the future of agriculture, individuals 18-35 years of age. Membership is free, but YPC members must also be members of NCBA in order to join. The YPC provides a network for young producers to learn, grow and improve themselves and their operations and to provide an outlet for these members to voice their opinions and share a role in shaping the future of the beef industry. The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) has established a state-level YPC modeled the same as the national group. Kelsey Nagel, SDCA Membership and Communications Coordinator, is excited to get South Dakota youth involved in this organization.

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of a rancher is 55.7 years, up from 53.3 years in 2002. The reasons behind this are many. Escalating input costs, increasing land prices, start-up investments and a struggling economy are a few of those reasons that explain why young people are unable to return to the ranch to continue to a career in food production. However, as the average age of ranchers increase, it’s time to start wondering: where is the next generation of ranchers?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has developed an organization called the Young Producers Council (YPC) to serve as a voice for the future of agriculture, individuals 18-35 years of age. Membership is free, but YPC members must also be members of NCBA in order to join. The YPC provides a network for young producers to learn, grow and improve themselves and their operations and to provide an outlet for these members to voice their opinions and share a role in shaping the future of the beef industry. The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) has established a state-level YPC modeled the same as the national group. Kelsey Nagel, SDCA Membership and Communications Coordinator, is excited to get South Dakota youth involved in this organization.

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According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the average age of a rancher is 55.7 years, up from 53.3 years in 2002. The reasons behind this are many. Escalating input costs, increasing land prices, start-up investments and a struggling economy are a few of those reasons that explain why young people are unable to return to the ranch to continue to a career in food production. However, as the average age of ranchers increase, it’s time to start wondering: where is the next generation of ranchers?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has developed an organization called the Young Producers Council (YPC) to serve as a voice for the future of agriculture, individuals 18-35 years of age. Membership is free, but YPC members must also be members of NCBA in order to join. The YPC provides a network for young producers to learn, grow and improve themselves and their operations and to provide an outlet for these members to voice their opinions and share a role in shaping the future of the beef industry. The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) has established a state-level YPC modeled the same as the national group. Kelsey Nagel, SDCA Membership and Communications Coordinator, is excited to get South Dakota youth involved in this organization.

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