The 2016 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) class has been selected through a competitive application process. Merck Animal Health is partnering with KLA to host the class of 20, who represent every segment of the beef industry across Kansas, for a series of four seminars throughout the year. The group’s first meeting will be February 16-17 in Topeka.
During the four sessions, YSA members will be exposed to the importance of KLA’s voice in the legislative process, producers’ responsibility as advocates for the industry, the need for progressive livestock operations and how other industry segments, including animal health suppliers and agribusinesses, fit into the food chain. They also will participate in KLA’s policy-making process.
Members of this year’s YSA class are Dustin Aherin, Garden City; Wyatt Bechtel, Eureka; Andy Bloom, Wetmore; Katelyn Brockus, Washington; Justin Clark, Toronto; Kassie Curran, Wichita; Sadie Derstein, Kismet; Shelby Hill, Shawnee Mission; Clare Horne, Lyons; Trey Lohman, Leavenworth; Colton Lynch, Garden City; Kenton Mangan, Tribune; Joe Meiwes, Moran; Macey Mueller, Halstead; Jed Ricke, Pratt; Barrett Smith, Macksville; Chance Steele, Sabetha; Erik Steffens, Dighton; Nolan Wasson, Selden; and Jared Whitcomb, Cottonwood Falls.
Source: Kansas Livestock Association