With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important.
The Illinois Beef Association (IBA) partners with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) to see that leadership development for both organizations is successful. That is why IBA is committed to sending delegates each year to NCBA's Young Cattlemen's Conference (YCC).
The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. More than 950 cattle producers have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni participate in committees and councils, and serve on boards of directors.
This program has become the cornerstone of leadership training in the beef cattle industry.
Each year, IBA sends a representative on the YCC trip. Representatives must complete the nomination process and applications will be reviewed by the IBA Awards Committee.