The fifth class of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) graduated December 3 at the close of the KLA Convention. Resflor Gold from Intervet/Schering-Plough partnered with KLA to host 20 members for a series of four seminars throughout 2010. This class brings the total number of YSA graduates to 99.

Attending the KLA Convention, the final session of the year, provided participants the opportunity to gain additional industry knowledge and interact with KLA members from across the state. YSA members got a firsthand look into the inner workings of the association by attending the KLA board meeting. The group also took part in the policy process, attending committee and council meetings where members discussed issues affecting their business interests. Immediately prior to the convention, YSA members received their Masters of Beef Advocacy, following an in-depth media training session with NCBA Executive Director of Communications Daren Williams.

During the first session, which was held in Topeka in February, attendees were exposed to the legislative process, advocacy training and services provided by KLA. The second installment took the group to western Kansas in July, where they spent three days touring beef operations to gain a better understanding of various industry segments. YSA members went to the Kansas City area in October to learn more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries during the third tour of the year.

The 2010 class included Alex Acheson, Woodbine; Jason Brown, Dwight; Trista Brown, Satanta; Glen Collinge, Hamilton; Kelly DeDonder, Reading; Rebecca Farha, Yates Center; Brandon Harder, Haven; Drew Hedges, Burden; Dirck Hoagland, Leavenworth; Kory Josefiak, Rozel; Brady Larson, Sharon Springs; Ryan Locke, El Dorado; Trevor Lundberg, Frankfort; Trey Miser, Wichita; Brandon Oleen, Falun; Wrenn Pacheco, Manhattan; Austin Rathbun, Lorraine; D. J. Rezac, Rossville; Tera Rooney, Satanta; and Rylan Woolfolk, Protection.

KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of members at both the state and federal levels. Voluntary dues dollars paid by producers are used for programs that benefit KLA members in the areas of legislative representation, regulatory assistance, legal troubleshooting, communications and the advancement of youth.