June 29, 2017




For more information contact:
Caitlyn Brandt, events coordinator, at 816-383-5189 or cbrandt@angus.org.


LEAD Conference: Navigating North Carolina

Registration deadline for junior members is July 15.

The Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference is set to take place Aug. 3-6 in Raleigh, N.C.. The 2017 event is themed “Navigating North Carolina” and is designed for National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members 14 to 21 years of age.

Junior Angus members will travel from across the nation to experience local agriculture and to partake in leadership workshops coordinated by the National Junior Angus Board (NJAB). NJAB Leadership Director Tim Mardesen says LEAD is an opportunity to network with fellow juniors and engage with industry leaders.

LEAD is an excellent venue to market yourself,” Mardesen says. “There might not be a better place to network and get your name known throughout other breeders who are looking to do the same thing.

Angus juniors will have the opportunity to hear from professionals covering a wide variety of topics including marketing, genomics and professional development.

Tours during this year’s LEAD conference will give attendees a look at agriculture along the east coast. Tour stops include Eastern Crawfish, a local family owned and operated crawfish farm; Tobacco Life Museum, where juniors can gather history of tobacco farming and tour a functioning tobacco operation; Scott Farms, a sixth generation family farm predominantly growing sweet potatoes; and tour a Caterpillar machinery plant and see live product demonstrations.

In addition, junior members will participate in numerous breakout sessions regarding agricultural careers and also visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Juniors will get to see how this area of the country manages and functions in the country’s economy,” Mardesen says. “LEAD also provides workshops, which helps each individual sharpen their assets. This helps make our Angus breed more intuitive and will ensure brightness for the future of the breed.”

Conference space is limited and registration is $275, which includes your hotel. Starting this year, no parents or state advisors will be allowed to register for the conference. All chaperones will be American Angus Association employees. Sign up online at www.angus.org/njaa.


About the NJAA

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for nearly 7,000 active members nationwide. For more information about the NJAA, look online or call the Association at 816-383-5100.


Written by JD Rosman, Angus Media


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.




LEAD Conference | “Navigating North Carolina”
Aug. 3-6, 2016 | Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tentative Schedule

Thursday, August 3                        

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                      Registration

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                      Ice Breakers

5:00 p.m.                                             Welcome & Introductions – Tim Mardesen

5:15 p.m.                                             Welcome to North Carolina/NC Agriculture

 – Bryan Blinson – NC Cattlemen’s Association

5:45 p.m.                                             Dinner

6:30 p.m.                                             Angus Ambassador – Cassandra Garcia               

6:45 p.m.                                             North Carolina Agriculture – Diversity in Agriculture Panel

7:15 p.m.                                             Retiring Thoughts – Katelyn Corsentino

7:30 p.m.                                             Speaker – Bill Cordes

8:30 p.m.                                             Retiring Thoughts – Tim Mardesen

8:45 p.m.                                             Team Building Activity- New 6 NJAA Officers

9:15 p.m.                                             NJAA Board Activity – Get to Know your Junior Board

11:00 p.m.                                           In Room Curfew



Friday, August 4                              

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.                       Breakfast – Doubletree

9:00 a.m.                                              Depart for Tour Rotations

Bus 1 & 2              Eastern Crawfish

                                Bus 3 & 4              Tobacco Life Museum


10:00 a.m.           Bus 1 & 2              Eastern Crawfish Tour

                                Bus 3 & 4              Tobacco Life Museum Tour & Gift Shop Time


11:30 a.m.           Bus 1 & 2              Depart for Tobacco Life Museum

Bus 3 & 4              LUNCH at Tobacco Life Museum


12:00 p.m.           Bus 1 & 2              LUNCH at Tobacco Life Museum

Bus 3 &4               Depart for Eastern Crawfish


12:30 p.m.           Bus 1 & 2              Tobacco Life Museum Tour & Gift Shop Time

                                Bus 3 &4               Eastern Crawfish Tour


2:00 p.m.             Bus 1, 2, 3, 4       Depart to Scott Farms Main Office


2:15 p.m.                                             Scott Farms Tour (divide into groups),

                                                                Bus 1: Plant Tour

                                                                Bus 2: Educational Learning Outside

                                                                Bus 3: Greenhouse Tour

                                                                Bus 4: Plant in Field

4:00 p.m.                                             Depart for Tobacco Farm

4:45 p.m.                                             Tour Tobacco Farm

5:45 p.m.                                             Depart for Wood Angus                                               

6:00 p.m.                                             Arrive at Wood Angus

                                                                Group and State Photos

6:30 p.m.                                             Dinner & Bluegrass Music

                                                                Retiring Thoughts

7:00 p.m.                                             Tour and Cattle

7:45 p.m.                                             Judging Cattle

9:00 p.m.                                             Depart for Hotel

9:45 p.m.                                             Arrive at Hotel

11:00 p.m.                                           In Room Curfew


Saturday, August 5                         

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                       Breakfast – Doubletree

8:45a.m.                                               Agricultural Career Breakouts – Part 1

                                                                                Session 1 – CAB- Power of the Brand

                                                                                Session 2 – Auctioneering/Marketing


9:30 a.m.                                              Break

9:45 a.m.                                              Agricultural Career Breakouts – Part 2

                                                                                Session 1 – CAB- Power of the Brand

                                                                                Session 2 – Auctioneering/Marketing


10:30 a.m.                                           Depart for Caterpillar

11:30 a.m.                                           Arrive at Caterpillar / Welcome

12:00 p.m.                                           Lunch

12:45 p.m.                                           Tour plant and Product Demo

5:15                                                        Depart for Museum of Natural Sciences

6:00 p.m.                                             Arrive for Dinner/Dance Location (Museum of Natural Sciences)              


Retiring Thoughts – Gabrielle Lemenager

Retiring Thoughts – Braden Henricks

8:00 p.m.                                             Dance

11:00 p.m.                                           Depart for Hotel

11:30 p.m.                                           In Room Curfew


Sunday, August 6                            

7:00 a.m.                                              Breakfast – Doubletree

8:00 a.m.                                              Devotional

8:15 a.m.                                              Retiring Thoughts – Reese Tuckwiller

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                    Workshops (Character Development)

10:15 a.m.                                           Speaker – A’ric Jackson

11:15 a.m.                                           Retiring Thoughts – Macy Perry

11:30 a.m.                                           Wrap Up and Depart     


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