2012 Angus Beef Leaders Institute deadline is March 1

American Angus Association (AAA) members interested in becoming more effective leaders in the agriculture industry are encouraged to apply for the fifth annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI). Held June 17-20, 2012, the program brings Angus producers together in St. Joseph, MO, for a series of informative sessions.

“BLI is an excellent opportunity to develop leaders and advocates for the beef industry, while exposing young producers to all segments of the business, including the Association,” said Shelia Stannard, director of activities and events. “It is also a chance to network with fellow breeders from across the country.”

Funded through the Angus Foundation, BLI is designed for Association members 25-45 years old to provide insight into the beef industry, while enhancing their knowledge of the Association and strengthening leadership skills.

Cory Poser, a 2011 participant from Denton, MT, said the experience he gained by attending BLI will allow his family to continue their farming tradition.

“BLI was a great way for me to expand my knowledge of the beef industry and help the farm and my family advance our operation into the future,” Poser said.

During the three-day event, BLI participants are able to tour a beef harvesting and packing facility, retailer, fabricator, feedlots and other industry segments, including the Association. The Association provides transportation, lodging, meals and materials during BLI. Attendees will be responsible for round-trip transportation between their home and either Kansas City or Saint Joseph, MO.

To apply, contact the American Angus Association at 816-383-5100. Information can also be found on Applications for the 2012 program are due March 1.