Applications now accepted for second Beef Leaders Institute

Feb 6, 2009
by WLJ
Applications now accepted for second Beef Leaders Institute

Young Angus producers interested in networking with others, learning more about the American Angus Association (AAA), and exploring the beef production system should apply to the 2009 Beef Leaders Institute (BLI). BLI is designed for AAA members 25-45 years old as a resource to provide insight to all segments of the beef industry.

BLI is set for May 31-June 3 and begins at the association’s headquarters in Saint Joseph, MO. This marks the second year for BLI, a three-day intensive tour of various segments of the industry including feeding, packing, marketing and retail outlets. In addition, the attendees, all members of the association, put themselves into the consumer role to gain added perspective on beef consumption.

“The BLI gives our younger association members the opportunity to get off the farm or ranch for a few days to network with their peers while gaining knowledge of the American Angus Association and the entire beef industry,” says Shelia Stannard, director of communications and events for AAA. “With the financial assistance of the Angus Foundation, which supports education, youth and research, we can provide BLI to our membership at little cost to them.” BLI is limited to 20 participants each year to facilitate discussion and tours. Selection is based on application, and all applications are due to AAA by March 2. Once selected, attendees must provide their own round-trip transportation between their home and Kansas City International airport, or Saint Joseph, MO, if driving. AAA provides transportation during BLI, as well as lodging, meals and materials.

For further information or an application, visit or contact AAA by calling 816/383-5100. BLI is just one of many programs that AAA supports for its nearly 33,000 members nationwide. — WLJ