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ST JOSEPH, MO

The March 1 deadline is fast approaching to sign up for two educational experiences offered by the American Angus Association. Seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen alike are invited to apply for this year's Beef Leaders Institute (BLI) and an upcoming Cattlemen's Boot Camp hosted at Washington State University.

BLI is a premier leadership experience for Association members that provides a look into the entire beef supply chain, while enhancing participants knowledge of the Association and strengthening their leadership skills. Angus producers between 25-45 years old are encouraged to apply for the ninth annual BLI scheduled for June 20-24.

During the event, BLI participants are able to tour a beef harvesting and packing facility, retailer, fabricator, feedlots and other industry segments, including the American Angus Association. Those selected will also learn about the ultimate end product — the Certified Angus Beef® brand — and how the branded beef program drives demand for quality Angus genetics.

The Association provides transportation, lodging, meals and materials during BLI. Attendees will be responsible for round-trip transportation between their home and either Kansas City or Saint Joseph, MO. Download an application today.

Cattle producers are also invited to gather for a Cattlemen's Boot Camp April 15-16 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA. The event is hosted by the American Angus Association in partnership with Washington State University (WSU), and provides purebred and commercial producers timely information presented by academic and industry professionals.

Open to all cattle producers, the event is funded by the Angus Foundation and features a day and a half of educational speakers and hands-on activities to help improve their herd operations. The workshop is packed with pertinent information including bull selection, reproductive technologies, genetic markers, forage management and much more.

Registration is $75 per person, and includes meals and educational materials. Registration forms are due March 1 and can be submitted electronically.

For more information, visit the website at www.angus.org or contact the events and education department at 816-383-5100.

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