The 2015 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA) class consists of 21 participants from across Kansas. Merck Animal Health is partnering with KLA to host members in their 20s for a series of four seminars throughout the year. The group’s first meeting will be February 17-18 in Topeka.
     YSA members will be exposed to the importance of KLA’s voice in the legislative process, producers’ responsibility as agricultural advocates, the need for progressive livestock operations and how other industry segments, including animal health suppliers and agribusinesses, fit into the food chain. They also will participate in KLA’s policy-making process.
     Members of the 2015 YSA class are: Cory Beachner, Parsons; Dustin Crittenden, Winfield; Grant Gardiner, Ashland; Lindsay Graber, Richmond, MO; Kaleb Horne, Lyons; Calie Kalkowski, Satanta; Matt Knetter, Kansas City; Luke Knight, Lyons; Kristin Loving, Manhattan; Garret Ludwig, Stockton; Jesse Muller, Coffeyville; Michael Petrocci, Hillsboro; Asa Phillips, Hartford; Sam Rempe, Superior, NE; Anthony Ruiz, Minneapolis; John Sachse, Manhattan; Lesley Schmidt, Park City; Tyler Schultz, Haviland; Tanner Stucky, Council Grove; Laurel Wegener, Ellsworth; and Michael Wimer, Minneapolis.

     The KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA), targeted for young adults in their 20s, is designed to develop young members through industry exposure, education and association communication.
     YSA consists of a series of four seminars designed to expose participants to leaders from all segments of the industry, including: purebred, cow-calf, backgrounding, dairy, feeding, processing, retail, foodservice, animal health, marketing, finance, etc. Essential to the overall program are industry issues sessions and business/financial management training. The seminars will provide participants the opportunity to further explore our business, gain essential information and network with fellow KLA members.
Participants are selected through a competitive application process. For more information, contact the KLA office at (785) 273-5115 or 


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