Date: 12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

Title: ICA Recognizes 2015 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Participants and Names 2016 Class

AMES, IOWA – Seventeen young Iowa cattle producers from around the state participated in the 2015 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association program is consists of a series of educational sessions designed to develop leadership qualities in young cattle farmers. The group met four times, focusing on leadership strategies, policy development, production practices and legislative advocacy.

2015 participants include:

Andrew Sauer, Cedar County

Brad Evans, Lucas County

Brandon Ledger, Lee County

Carrie & Nate Horman, Story County

Dustin Howell, Louisa County

Ethon Smith, Fremont County

Greg Bartelma, Jasper County

Jeff Van Voorst, Sioux County

Joe Brewer, Dallas County

Justin Sullivan, Madison County

Matt Winters, Clayton County

Nick Knepper, Delaware County

Skylar Speer, Madison County

Josh Zuck, Fayette County

Jeff Jamison, Clarke County

Cassie Johnson, Woodbury County

The YCLP class also helps develop and employ the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s Carcass Challenge. We commend this year’s YCLP class for their recruitment efforts. Earlier in November, 55 head of feeder steers were delivered to Amana Farms. The proceeds from the Carcass Challenge will be used to fund educational programming, leadership development, and advocacy trainings for cattle producers.

The 2016 YCLP class has also been named, and will meet for the first time in January.

2016 participants include:

Aarik Deering, Allamakee County

Ashlee Bell, Scott County

Brett Wiggins, Jasper County

Clayton Hester, Mahaska County

Dane Kuper, Mitchell County

Darrin Crawley, Guthrie County

Dillon Green, Sioux County

Drew Van Laar, Madison County

Dustin Balsley , Mitchell County

Haley Pagel, Fayette County

Josh Wiig, Montgomery County

Justin Mendenhall, Decatur County

Kellie Gregorich, Jackson County

Kellin Chambers, Pottawattamie County

Matt Groves, Cass County

Melinda Brahms, County Cass

Nick Andresen, Ida County

Ron Lyon Jr, Madison County

Ryan Carlson, Boone County

Sara Shepherd, Adair County

Scott Cherne, Clayton County

Skyler Rinker, Boone County

Tanner Deering, Allamakee County

Will Longinaker, Fremont County


About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”

About the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention: Nearly 1,000 members of the Iowa beef industry gathered in Des Moines Dec. 8 and 9 for the 2015 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention for educational sessions, policy discussions, a trade show and networking. The event was sponsored by Zoetis and Farm Credit Services of America (at the $5,000 Platinum level), Iowa Beef Industry Council (at the $3,000 Ruby level), Summit Livestock Facilities, The Fine Twine Co., Allflex USA, Alltech, Huvepharma, Iowa Beef Breeds Council/Iowa Beef Expo, Iowa Corn, Lytton Farm Equipment, Nutrition Physiology and Phibro Animal Health (at the $750 Bronze level).

(High resolution photo available on Flickr.)




2015 YCLP Participants

Back row: Joe Brewer, Ethon Smith, Matt Winters, Brandon Ledger, Jeff Van Voorst

Front row: Dustin Howell, Carrie Horman, Brad Evans, Nick Kneppper