Twenty-one young Iowa cattle producers from around the state participated in the 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association program consists of a series of educational sessions designed to develop leadership qualities in young cattle farmers. The group met four times, focusing on leadership strategies, policy development, production practices and legislative advocacy.

The YCLP class also helps develop and employ the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s Carcass Challenge. We commend this year’s YCLP class for their recruitment efforts. Earlier this fall, 80 head of feeder steers were delivered to Kennedy Cattle Company. The proceeds from the Carcass Challenge will be used to fund educational programming, leadership development, and advocacy training for cattle producers. 

2016 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program graduates include:

  • Ashlee Bell, Scott County
  • Scott Cherne, Clayton County
  • Darrin Crawley, Guthrie County
  • Will Longinaker, Fremont County
  • Ron Lyon, Jr, Madison County
  • Justin Mendenhall, Decatur County
  • Drew Van Laar, Madison County
  • Skyler Rinker, Boone County
  • Nick Andresen, Ida County
  • Dustin Balsley, Mitchell County
  • Melinda Brahms, Cass County
  • Ryan Carlson, Boone County
  • Kellin Chambers, Pottawattamie County
  • Aarik Deering, Allamakee County
  • Tanner Deering, Allamakee County
  • Dillon Green, Sioux County
  • Kellie Gregorich, Jackson County
  • Clayton Hester, Mahaska County
  • Dane Kuper, Mitchell County
  • Haley Pagel, Fayette County

The 2017 YCLP class has also been named, and will meet for the first time in January. Participants in 2017 include:

  • Darren Arthur, Cerro Gordo County 
  • Darrin Axline, Cedar County 
  • Patrick Bries, Dubuque County
  • Holly Bries, Dubuque County
  • Allison Brown, Wayne County
  • David Bruene, Story County
  • Molly Bruene, Story County
  • Wesley Christensen, Clay County
  • Adam Darrington, Pottawattamie County 
  • Jake Driver, Pottawattamie County
  • Dawn Edler, Benton County
  • Ryan Healy, Marion County
  • Travis Hosteng, Story County
  • Delaney Howell, Louisa County
  • Grant Klopfenstein, Henry County
  • Tyler Krug, Benton County 
  • Matt Lansing, Dubuque County
  • Clara Lauritsen, Audubon County 
  • Andrew Lauver, Calhoun County 
  • Tanner Lawton, Greene County
  • Jacob Louth, Jefferson County 
  • Grant Rathje, Douglas County 
  • Peyton River, Jackson County 
  • Leslie Ruby, Clarke County 
  • Patrick Ryherd, Marshall County 
  • Shaniel Smith, Appanoose County
  • Brian Tuttle, O'Brien County 
  • Drew Weyers, Marion County