Young cattlemen and women from across the state met in Topeka this week for the first installment of the 2017 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is again serving as the exclusive sponsor of the program.
     During the two-day session, the 20 attendees participated in advocacy training, learned more about the legislative process and heard from KLA staff about the array of member services the association provides. As part of an interactive training session led by KLA staff, White City rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe and WIBW-Topeka farm broadcasters Kelly Lenz and Greg Akagi, the group was given an overview of numerous media outlets available to help tell the beef production story. For hands-on training, they participated in a social media activity and mock radio talk show.
     In addition, YSA members attended a Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee meeting at the Capitol and participated in a financial planning seminar conducted by KCOE ISOM. The group also took part in KLA’s Legislative Meeting, where they and other members determined positions on individual bills under consideration by the Kansas Legislature.  
     The second installment will be held in May. Members will travel to the Kansas City area for an in-depth look at the agribusiness and retail beef businesses.



Vice President of Communications Todd Domer highlights several water and noxious weed bills on which KLA recently testified.