Cattlemen's Young Leaders Spring Forum

Colin and I attended the Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Spring Forum this past weekend as two of twenty-six semi-finalists. We met fantastic men and women from across Canada who all shared a common passion for the beef industry. I flew in from Oklahoma and caught the last half of the speakers on Friday afternoon. On Saturday the semi-finalists took part in round table discussions centered around timely industry topics such as accessing capital, succession planning, environmental sustainability, global and national beef marketing, and our goals for our mentorship experience. Three judges oversaw the round table discussions. The conversations between the semi-finalists were nothing short of engaging and thought provoking! Saturday evening capped off with a banquet dinner and the graduation of the previous years' crop of CYL mentees.

I am thrilled to say that both of us were selected to be among the sixteen Canadian beef industry enthusiasts age 18-35 being paired up with mentors in the beef industry. We will also have the opportunity to apply for trips to industry events such as the Five Nations Beef Alliance. You can view the news release with a full listing of the mentorship recipients that were selected at: http://cattlemensyoungleaders.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/CYL-News-Release-3-26-2014-CYL-Announces-2014-Mentorship-Recipients.pdf

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet such as diverse group of young producers and industry leaders and I am looking forward to being paired up with my mentor and getting to know the rest of the mentorship recipients better.

Thank you to the Foundation Partners of the Cattlemen's Young Leaders program: Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd., Cargill, UFA, and MNP as well as the Gold Sponsors: Farm Credit Canada and New Holland Agriculture.

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