Young Cattlemen's Conference 2020

May 27-June 4, 2020  |  Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

NCBA's Young Cattlemen's Conference

The Young Cattlemen's Conference strives to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. The tour helps these young leaders understand all areas of our industry ranging from industry structure to issues management, from production research to marketing.

What is YCC?

With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. Because NCBA serves as the grassroots trade association representing the U.S. beef cattle industry, it is our responsibility to see that leadership development is successful. That is why NCBA continues to offer Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. Over 1,000 cattlemen and women have graduated from the YCC program since its inception in 1980. Many of these alumni participate in committees and councils, and even more serve on NCBA's board of directors. Several presidents and officers of NCBA and predecessor organizations have also participated in YCC. This program has become and will continue to be the cornerstone of leadership training efforts within the cattle industry. *information from

The Program

YCC begins in Denver with a comprehensive overview of the beef industry. Attendees take an in-depth look at many of the issues affecting the industry while learning what NCBA is doing to address these issues on behalf of our members. Additionally, CattleFax will provide attendees with an understanding of market information.After a stop at the NCBA office in Denver, attendees travel to Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, the largest cattle feeder in the world with an estimated total cattle feeding capacity of 980,000 head of cattle. Afterwards, the YCC group will tour the JBS Greeley facility, one of the nation’s largest beef packing and processing plants. During the next leg of the YCC journey, attendees will fly to Chicago for a visit with the Chicago Board of Trade & OSI, Inc., one of the nation’s premiere beef patty manufacturers. Finally, the tour will take the group to the nation’s Capitol where they will meet with their respective congressmen and senators, as well as regulatory agencies that make decisions affecting agriculture.

Interested in attending? WCA is proud to send one member to YCC each year. Apply here!

Please return application to Austin Arndt at [email protected] 

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