Iowa Cattleman July 2016 : Page 20

YCLP: IN THEIR OWN WORDS Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program: In Their Own Words he Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program, or YCLP, is arguably one of the most important ways the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association works for the future of the beef business in Iowa. Through the program, participants are educated on the structure and function of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, as well as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Participants undergo training and edu-cational seminars to enhance their communications skills, strengthen their awareness of the legislative process, and diversify their knowledge of the Iowa and U.S. beef industries. But more than that, YCLP trains future leaders of Iowa’s cattle industry, providing a pathway to become more active in ICA, and potentially a leadership role in the association. Many of our YCLP participants now serve as county leaders or state leaders, and many have taken the lessons learned in YCLP back to their communities to make a positive difference in other ways. Here are some of the benefits and results of YCLP, from the par-ticipants themselves: T YCLP also helped develop my networking abilities with other pro-ducers. Now, I realize that all cattlemen have the same types of prob-lems and have had the same types of experiences, and it’s nice to know that we are not alone. Andrew Butcher Ida County Feedlot Producer Ida County Cattlemen’s President Jennifer (Pollard) Miler Clarke County Iowa State University Extension, County Youth and Outreach Coordinator Class of 2011 I really gained an under-standing of two things through YCLP. First, I learned what ICA really does for the beef industry in Iowa. They are truly an orga-nization that has our back. They help cattlemen with important issues that impact our daily lives, that we can’t handle on our own. Second, I learned how to get started in the leadership process and get more involved. Adam Ledger Jefferson County President Class of 2014 I enjoyed being able to network with pro-ducers from around the state and visit a variety of cattle operations. YCLP also gave me a better understanding of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, their goals, and their commitment to the cattle men and women in Iowa. Class of 2013 The connections I made in YCLP really broad-ened my horizons. From other YCLP participants to leaders at the capital, I learned about var-ious aspects of the cattle indus-try as well as what goes on behind the scenes through the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Isaiah Shnurman Madison County Shnurman Sire Service, SP Genetics Nick Knepper Feedlot producer ICA District __ Director Class of 2014 The best part of YCLP was working with Alan Feirer from Group Dynamic. He really opened my eyes to how I interact with other peo-ple and how different personal-ities play different roles in the cattle industry. 20 Class of 2015 YCLP was a nice opportuni-ty to meet some younger people from all parts of Iowa and all sec-tors in the cattle industry. But the thing that has opened my eyes the most is the realization that there’s more to the industry than just raising cattle. There’s a lot of work that gets done behind the scenes, policy, legislation, continued on page 22 july 2016

YCLP: In Their Own Words

The Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program, or YCLP, is arguably one of the most important ways the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association works for the future of the beef business in Iowa. Through the program, participants are educated on the structure and function of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, as well as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Participants undergo training and educational seminars to enhance their communications skills, strengthen their awareness of the legislative process, and diversify their knowledge of the Iowa and U.S. beef industries.

But more than that, YCLP trains future leaders of Iowa’s cattle industry, providing a pathway to become more active in ICA, and potentially a leadership role in the association.

Many of our YCLP participants now serve as county leaders or state leaders, and many have taken the lessons learned in YCLP back to their communities to make a positive difference in other ways.

Here are some of the benefits and results of YCLP, from the participants themselves:

Jennifer (Pollard) Miler
Clarke County
Iowa State University
Extension, County
Youth and Outreach
Coordinator
Class of 2014

I enjoyed being able to network with producers from around the state and visit a variety of cattle operations. YCLP also gave me a better understanding of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, their goals, and their commitment to the cattle men and women in Iowa.

Isaiah Shnurman
Madison County
Shnurman Sire Service, SP
Genetics
ICA District_Director
Class of 2014

The best part of YCLP was working with Alan Feirer from Group Dynamic. He really opened my eyes to how I interact with other people and how different personalities play different roles in the cattle industry.

YCLP also helped develop my networking abilities with other producers. Now, I realize that all cattlemen have the same types of problems and have had the same types of experiences, and it’s nice to know that we are not alone.

Andrew Butcher
Ida County
Feedlot Producer
Ida County Cattlemen’s
President
Class of 2011

I really gained an understanding of two things through YCLP. First, I learned what ICA really does for the beef industry in Iowa. They are truly an organization that has our back. They help cattlemen with important issues that impact our daily lives, that we can’t handle on our own. Second, I learned how to get started in the leadership process and get more involved.

Adam Ledger
Jefferson County President
Class of 2013

The connections I made in YCLP really broadened my horizons. From other YCLP participants to leaders at the capital, I learned about various aspects of the cattle industry as well as what goes on behind the scenes through the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

Nick Knepper
Feedlot producer
Class of 2015

YCLP was a nice opportunity to meet some younger people from all parts of Iowa and all sectors in the cattle industry. But the thing that has opened my eyes the most is the realization that there’s more to the industry than just raising cattle. There’s a lot of work that gets done behind the scenes, policy, legislation, education. And I was really impressed by the way ICA handles all of those things.

Jeremy Walter
Fremont County
Cow/Calf Producer
Class of 2014

It was really interesting to see how everything is done at the state level and then how members take it back to their county level. Based on what I learned in YCLP, I’ve been able to help grow our county cattlemen’s association, basically by sharing what the county organization and state organizations do for cattlemen.

The YCLP is a year-long program open to young cattlemen and women under the age of 40, but over the age of 25 – or a college graduate. Participants may or may not be actively engaged in a beef operation, but should have a vested interest in the beef industry. Preference is given to applicants who are current members of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

ICA will cover the expenses of meals and hotel accommodations once participants arrive to the session location; however, the participants will need to cover their travel costs.

The YCLP group will meet six times throughout the year. Participants are allowed to miss two sessions due to reasonable circumstances, but if they miss more, they will not be considered a “YCLP graduate.”

Applications for the program are due Oct. 1, 2017. Candidates can self-nominate, or county cattlemen’s associations or businesses that provide products and services can nominate area young people. The application form can be found on the ICA website, www.iacattlemen.org.

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