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Montana Stockgrowers Foundation sponsors trip to Young Cattlemen’s Conference for one young rancher

Is your dream to travel the country and learn about the different aspects of the beef industry? The Montana Stockgrowers Association's Research and Education Endowment Foundation is sponsoring the trip for one young Montana rancher to attend the 2014 Young Cattlemen's Conference (YCC).

"The Montana Stockgrowers Association Foundation is committed to investing in the development and education of leaders in the agriculture business, and the Foundation sees a positive return on the investment in the Young Cattlemen's Conference delegates," said Dusty Hahn, Foundation chairman.

Each summer, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) selects 62 participants from across the US for the multi-city, two-week journey through the beef supply chain. The tour will begin in Denver with an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting the beef industry and what NCBA is doing to address these issues on behalf of its members. Attendees will also 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, with a one-time capacity of over 100,000 head. The tour will continue with a visit to JBS' Greeley facility, one of the nation's largest beef packing and processing plants. JBS will host the group and share an overview of the beef industry from a processor's perspective.

Chicago is the next destination where 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 for a chance to meet with their respective congressmen and senators. While in D.C., the group will visit with a number of regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture.

Montana's most recent YCC participant, Travis Brown of Sand Springs, had the opportunity to testify on behalf of Montana's ranchers at the House Natural Resources Committee Hearing.

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MSGA's Research & Education Endowment Foundation will select one applicant to send on the YCC trip – covering the conference tuition expenses and $500 in airfare. It is packed-full of adventure, education and networking with fellow young cattlemen and women. This trip serves as an experience that will impact the way you view the beef industry for the rest of your life.

MSGA's Foundation is only able to send one participant per year. This year's application deadline is Feb. 15, 2014. To apply, you must be between the ages of 25-50 and can commit to two weeks this June. Please contact the MSGA office to get the application: 406-442-3420 and for more information, email Lauren Chase at Lauren@mtbeef.org. F

–Montana Stockgrowers Assoc.