Students Explore Animal Science Opportunities in Western Kansas
Participants learned leadership skills and gained animal science knowledge.
Six college students took part in the K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy Premier Program July 10-12 in southwest Kansas. Participants previously completed the traditional K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy hosted annually in June on the K-State campus.
The Premier program allows students the opportunity to continue building their personal leadership development and expand their industry knowledge. Students earned a greater appreciation for large scale agricultural production and enhanced their leadership skills through workshops and team building activities.
This year's class included: Walker Clawson, Meade; Jenna Hlavaty, Olmitz; Kenzie McAtee, LaCygne; Zach Meier, Beloit; Judd Nelson, Soldier; and Mason Tarr, Sanger, California.
KASLA Premier kicked off in Great Bend, Kansas. Attendees then traveled to livestock operations in Southwest Kansas. The group toured Innovative Livestock Services, Gardiner Angus Ranch, Rotomix, High Plains Journal, Ford County Feed Yard, Forget-Me-Not Farms, Finney County Feeders, Tyson Fresh Meats and Hy-Plains Feedyard.
Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC), the academy's goal is to develop young leaders within the livestock industry and prepare them for a successful future in this field.
K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy Premier program attendees July 10-12 in Southwest Kansas (back, l to r) are: Zach Meier, Beloit; Walker Clawson, Meade; Judd Nelson, Soldier; Mason Tarr, Sanger, California; and Trent Johnson, staff. Front row (l to r) Jenna Hlavaty, Olmitz; and Kenzie McAtee, LaCygne.