Outgoing KLA President David Clawson delivered a message of gratitude during his parting remarks at the convention in Wichita, which was attended by more than 800 members and guests. The Englewood rancher and farmer highlighted several policy victories at the state and national levels for which producers should be thankful, including increased weight restrictions for trucks with triple-axle trailers and holding property taxes steady in light of the state’s budget challenges.
     Clawson, who served as KLA’s 100th president, also encouraged members to be thankful for the friendships and partnerships formed through the organization.
     “Through KLA, I’ve had the opportunity to build relationships over a long period of time,” he said. “We’re part of an industry that provides the best-tasting and most nutritious protein, and we’re all in this together.”
     Above all, Clawson gave thanks for the ability to work with some of the best leaders the beef industry has to offer.
     “I couldn’t ask for better people to serve with,” he said.
     During his address, Clawson expressed his appreciation to KLA staff for their work in advancing the common business interests of members. He stressed the importance of partnering with staff to maximize the individual benefit of being a KLA member.
     “KLA has such a stellar reputation and record because of our dedicated and outstanding staff,” he said. “They are here to help you, and they do a great job.”



The 12th class of the Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy graduated December 1 at the close of the KLA Convention. KLA Communications Program Manger Scarlett Hagins says applications for the 2018 class are due December 15.