New YSA Class Gathers in Topeka for First Session

February 24, 2014 10:35 AM

Twenty young cattlemen and women from across Kansas met in Topeka February 18-19 for the first installment of the 2014 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is again serving as the exclusive sponsor of the program. A series of four seminars will be held throughout the year in various locations in Kansas.

During the two-day session, attendees participated in advocacy training, learned more about the legislative process and heard from KLA staff about the array of services the association provides. As part of an interactive training session led by KLA staff, White City rancher and beef advocate Debbie Lyons-Blythe and WIBW-Topeka farm broadcasters Kelly Lenz and Greg Akagi, the group was given an overview of the various media outlets available to help tell the beef production story. Lyons-Blythe shared how she has implemented advocacy into her daily routine through the use of her blog, "Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch"; Facebook and Twitter. The class participated in a hands-on social media activity and mock radio talk show.

In addition, YSA members attended a Senate Agriculture Committee meeting at the Capitol and had lunch with their legislators prior to participating in a financial planning seminar conducted by Kennedy and Coe, LLC.

The 2014 class includes Bryan Armendariz, Chapman; Sarah Bryant, Winfield; Cody Campfield, St. John; Issac Carr, Junction City; Neil Cates, Beloit; Kyla Clawson, Satanta; Rachel Collinge, Eureka; Jaymelynn Farney, Parsons; Andrew Froetschner, Larned; Ryan Gasche, Cassoday; Robby Haynes, Dwight; Lindsey Huseman, Ellsworth; Brandy Jones, Wamego; Spencer Jones, Wamego; Ty Josefiak, Rozel; Marisa Kleysteuber, Garden City; Evan Lesser, Palco, Laura Mushrush, Strong City; Jake Pannbacker, Washington; and Chase Thompson, Scott City.

The second installment of the YSA class will be held in May. Members will have the opportunity to learn more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries. More information about YSA can be found at

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.

Source: Kansas Livestock Association

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