During the fifth-annual Beef Leaders Institute (BLI), Missouri Angus breeders were able to experience all aspects of the beef industry  – from feedlot to retailer. Representing the state were: Clint Hunter, Fair Grove, Mo., and Cody Washam, Pierce City, Mo.

They joined a group of 20 Angus enthusiasts from 11 states who participated in this year’s BLI, held June 18-21 by the American Angus Association®. The goal of the four-day institute is to provide young producers, between the ages of 25 and 45, the opportunity to network with fellow with their peers in the breed, while learning more about the Association and the entire beef industry.

 “I wanted to more efficiently educate my friends, family and community about beef,” Washam says.  “Here I’ve learned the tools that can help me do that and do it more effectively.”

Made possible by funds from the Angus Foundation, BLI participants began their experience with an in-depth tour of the Association headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. While there, they heard about the variety of ways the Association works for its nearly 30,000 members.

BLI participants also took part in the Master’s of Beef Advocacy program, organized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). A commencement was held before the group began their two-day tour across three states.

Throughout BLI travels, they visited Gregory Feedlot, Tabor, Iowa; Tyson, beef processing plant, Dakota City, Neb.; Whole Foods Market, grocery store, Omaha, Neb.; Cargill Meat Solutions, value-added processing plant, Nebraska City, Neb.; and Sysco, food distributor, Lincoln, Neb. 

2012 BLI class members are:  Rob Adams, Union Springs, Ala.; Alison Allegrucci, Prairie Village, Kan.; Devyn Ballagh, Burwell, Neb.; Vince Bickel, Gordon, Neb.; Luke Bowman, Greens Fork, Ind.; Scott Bush, Britton, S.D.; Blair Carney, Adair, Iowa; Dustin Carter, Vermillion, S.D.; Mercedes Danekas, Wilton, Calif.; Cheryl Day, Cerro Gordo, Ill.; Brock Foxhoven, Crofton, Neb.; David Holden, Red Bluff, Calif.; Clint Hunter, Fair Grove, Mo.; Spencer Jones, Boone, Iowa; Chris Miller, Mabel, Minn.; Andy Mindemann, Oconomowoc, Wis.; Daniel Ogren, Langford, S.D.; Chris Styles, Brentford, S.D.; David Uhrig, Hermosa, S.D.; Cody Washam, Pierce City, Mo. 

For more information about the Association or the BLI, visit www.angus.org or call 816-383-5100.

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef organization, serving more than 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.