Dates set for Young Ag Leadership Conference

May 22, 2009
by WLJ
Dates set for Young Ag Leadership Conference

Mark your calendars now for the sixth annual Young Agriculture Leadership Conference (YALC) to be held Oct. 2-4 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena, MT. This conference targets agriculture’s next generation of leaders, ages 18-40, from across the state to gather the skills and experiences that they will need to be successful industry leaders.

“We are excited again this year to be working with eight of Montana’s most influential agricultural organizations to put this conference together,” said Peter Taylor, YALC Planning Committee chair from Kirby. “This conference is taking important steps that will change the way our industry works together in the future. All sectors of agriculture are encouraged to attend, from production, to agribusiness to college students, this conference gives young ag leaders the opportunity to interact and learn new ways to impact and strengthen agriculture in Montana.”

Attendees will be offered workshops on marketing and finance issues, emerging technologies, personal leadership development, family communications, and issues management. In addition, many dynamic keynote speakers will address the conference. The very popular current issues discussion groups will return— moderated by leading industry experts on both the state and national levels. The conference will also feature a number of networking opportunities.

The planning committee for the event consists of one young member from each of the eight organizations, which include the Montana 4-H Foundation, Montana Cattlemen’s Association, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana FFA Foundation, Montana State University College of Agriculture, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and the Montana Woolgrowers Association.

“By crossing organization and commodity lines, young agriculturists have a unique opportunity for interaction that they might not experience in other venues,” adds Ty Wells, YALC co-chair from Helena. “I encourage everyone to plan now to attend; it is an experience you don’t want to miss.” For more information, please contact Sue Ann Streufert, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, at 406/587-3153 or — WLJ