LEAD Conference Travels to Philly

April 25, 2014


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Carrie Heitman, communications coordinator, at 816-383-5100 or

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LEAD Conference Travels to Philly
Early registration for the annual youth leadership conference ends June 15

            Angus youth from across the country will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) annual Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference, July 31-Aug. 3. The 2014 event is themed “Forefathers & Farmers:  Cultivating Angus Youth” and is designed for NJAA members 14-21 years of age.

“We are looking forward to hosting this year’s LEAD conference in an area rich with history and tradition,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association® director of junior activities. “It will be a memorable weekend for everyone involved.”

Angus juniors will attend leadership workshops presented by the NJAA Board, as well as listen to professional speakers Jim “Basketball” Jones and Laymon Hicks.

Tours during this year’s LEAD conference will give attendees a look at agriculture on the nation’s east coast as they visit Herr’s Angus Farm and chip factory, tour a mushroom farm and the well-known Cherry Knoll Farm.

In addition, junior members will participate in numerous breakout sessions regarding agricultural careers, visit historical sites around Philadelphia, and take part in a community service project.

“Our goal is that Angus youth have the opportunity to visit a new part of the country, make new friends and understand the impact Angus cattle have on agriculture in all areas of the country,” Upperman says.

            Conference space is limited, and early registration is encouraged by the June 15 deadline. The early registration fee for NJAA members is $250. After June 15, registration will be $275 and accepted based on space availability. Registration for adults, state advisors and chaperones is $300; no early registration deadline applies. Registration is available online at


Gary M. Stoller Jump State Your LEADership Award

            First or second-time LEAD attendees may consider applying for the Gary M. Stoller Jump Start Your LEADership Award, which helps provide financial assistance with LEAD travel expenses. Interested applicants must submit a one-page typed essay expressing why the LEAD conference is important, what they hope to gain by participating, and the extent of their financial needs.

For more information, contact the junior activities department at 816-383-5100. LEAD is funded by the Angus Foundation and is a program of the NJAA, which provides programs for nearly 7,000 members across the nation. A tentative schedule follows.


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 National Junior Angus Show or the NJAA, look online or call the Association at 816-383-5100.


ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. Explore how the Angus breed impacts every sector of the cattle business – from the feedlot to the meatcase – during the 2014 Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show. Hosted by the American Angus Association, the event takes place Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Participants will hear from top-flight speakers, conduct Association business, visit the trade show featuring allied industry partners and have the opportunity to attend the first-ever Angus University.

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. 

For more information about Angus cattle and the 2014 convention, visit




2014 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference

Marriott Hotel | Philadelphia, Pa.

Thursday, July 31

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

  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Ice Breakers

  5:00 p.m.                   Welcome & Introductions – Paige Wallace (Motivation Video/Rocky)

  5:15 p.m.                   Farming in the Northeast – Cheryl Fairburn

  5:45 p.m.                   Dinner

  6:30 p.m.                   Exporting Overseas – New Bolton Center Rep.  

  6:45 p.m.                   Retiring Thoughts – Jena Wagner

  7:00 p.m.                   Keynote Speaker – Jim “Basketball” Jones

  8:00 p.m.                   Retiring Thoughts – Paige Wallace

  8:15 p.m.                   Team Building Activity – New Six NJAA Officers

  8:45 p.m.                   NJAA Board Skit      

 11:00 p.m.                  In Room Curfew

6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.   Breakfast – Renaissance

7:45 a.m.                     Depart for Herr’s Chip Factory Tour 

9:00 a.m.                     Herr’s Chip Factory Tour – Bus 1 & 2

9:20 a.m.                     Herr’s Chip Factory Tour – Bus 3 & 4          

10:30 a.m.                   Herr’s Angus Farm & Lunch

                                    Retiring Thoughts – Maggie Jasper

1:30 p.m.                     Depart Mushroom Farm Tour

2:00 p.m.                     Mushroom Farm Tour

5:00 p.m.                     Cherry Knoll Farm


                                    Retiring Thoughts – Lucas Nord

9:00 p.m.                     Depart for Hotel

11:00 p.m.                   In Room Curfew



7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.   Breakfast – Marriott

8:30 a.m.                     Agricultural Career Breakouts – Session 1

9:30 a.m.                     Break

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

11:00 a.m.                   Depart for Philadelphia Art Museum

11:30 a.m.                   Group & State Pictures                                  

12:30 p.m.                   Philadelphia Historical District

                                    Lunch & Historical Sites                   

4:00 p.m.                     Depart for Hotel

4:30 p.m.                     Refresh for Evening Activities

5:30 p.m.                     Dinner

6:15 p.m.                     Community Service 

Singing Bee Activity

 9:30 – 12 midnight     Dance

 12:30 a.m.                  In Room Curfew


7:00 a.m.                     Breakfast – Marriott

7:45 a.m.                     Retiring Thoughts – Daniel McFarland

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

10:00 a.m.                   Speaker – Laymon Hicks

11:00 a.m.                   Retiring Thoughts – Jacy Alsup

11:15 a.m.                   Wrap Up and Depart




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