Leadership Development

The Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program (YCLP) consists of a series of educational sessions designed to develop leadership qualities in young cattle farmers. The Iowa Cattlemen's Association  intends to have action-packed agendas for each session that touch on key beef cattle industry topics as well as to enhance leadership skills.

The goal of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program (YCLP) is to train future leaders of Iowa's cattle industry. The program is an initial opportunity to be more active in the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, and perhaps fulfilling a future leadership role in ICA. YCLP participants are educated on the structure and function of the Iowa Cattlemen's 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 cattle industries.

ICA's YCLP graduates consistently take on new leadership roles within the industry, improve their own operations as a result of YCLP, and truly serve as ambassadors for the next generation of cattle producers.

YCLP Tours ISU MEat Lab

Participants in the Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program, tour the Iowa State University Meat Lab as part of one session held in Ames.

Upcoming events

The YCLP group will meet six times throughout the year. This program and your relationship with other participants is based on your full participation. Below are the dates of upcoming sessions.

January 8-9, 2019

Session 1

ICA Headquarters, Ames, IA

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February 18-19, 2020

Session 2

Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, IA

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May 28-29, 2020

Session 3

Carcass Challenge Banquet, Ames, IA

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August 6-7, 2020

Session 4

Location To Be Determined

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November 5-6, 2020

Session 5

Location To Be Determined

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December 10-11, 2020

Session 6

Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa

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How to apply

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 the participants arrive to the session location thanks to program sponsors; however, the participants will need to cover their travel costs.

Applications for the program are due Nov. 1 prior to the start of the program year. Candidates can self-nominate, or a county cattlemen's association or businesses that provide products and services can nominate area young people.

You can fill out the application electronically or print and return to ICA headquarters.

If you have questions about YCLP, contact Adair Lents.

Download the application