Angus Represented at Elite Beef Industry Conference

June 20, 2013




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Chase Adams, NCBA director of communications, at 202-879-9117 or




Angus Represented at Elite Beef Industry Conference

Kurt Kangas, regional manager for the American Angus Association®, and Cortney Hill-Dukehart Cates, current American Angus Auxiliary President, were among more than 50 young cattlemen and women selected to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) 34th Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). Kangas was sponsored by the American Angus Association, and the Angus Foundation sponsored Cates. The YCC program is a comprehensive, nationwide tour of beef industry sectors, created to enhance leadership skills in your beef industry professionals.

“YCC is a prestigious and competitive program designed to foster the future leadership of our industry,” said Forrest Roberts, NCBA chief executive officer. “The participants selected to attend YCC were chosen because of their exceptional contributions to the beef industry and their potential to be a strong voice in our future development.”

Responsible for the states of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, Kangas travels extensively in the West to help keep producers and consumers informed about the Angus breed and the programs the Association offers; as well as promoting beef in general. Prior to joining the American Angus Association, he spent 12 years at Basin Angus Ranch in Hobson, Mont. Kangas graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Range Science.

Cates is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland with a degree in secondary education. She taught social studies at Glenelg High School for three years before marrying Tyler Cates and moving to Modoc, Ind. A former Miss American Angus, Cates and her husband serve as junior advisors for the Indiana Junior Angus Association. She works with her husband at Cates Farms, one of the most dominate Shorthorn herds in the country. They are in the process of expanding their Angus herd which produced the 2002 Bred-and-Owned Reserve Champion at the National Junior Angus Show.        

The eight day tour began at NCBA headquarters in Denver, Colo., where participants were given an organizational overview of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program. While in Denver, the group also heard from representatives of Cattle Fax and the U.S. Meat Export Federation. They toured a Safeway retail store and learned about Rancher’s Reserve brand beef marketing efforts. The group spent a day in Greeley, Colo., visiting JBS Five Rivers feed yards and processing facilities.

“It is really important for participants to see each sector of the beef industry – from farm to fork,” said Kangas. “Traveling from a cow/calf ranch to a feedlot and processing plant really drives home the point that our industry is composed of many sectors which are all committed to produce a healthy end product.”

In Chicago, the group met with the senior management of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at the Chicago Board of Trade. They had the chance to watch the activity on the trading floor and witness futures trading firsthand. Participants also visited Otto & Sons Industries, a family owned company providing quality products and custom solutions for the food industry since 1909. This tour offered a view of how boxed beef is turned into custom order portions for both major restaurant chains and some of the nation’s top steakhouses.

The group then traveled to Washington, D.C., where participants received an issues briefing from NCBA’s government affairs staff about policy issues currently facing the cattle industry. The group then traveled to Aldie, Va., for a tour and barbeque at Whitestone Farms, one of the nation’s elite purebred Angus operations. 

The next day, these future leaders were given the opportunity to visit one-on-one with members of their state’s congressional delegation, expressing their viewpoints regarding the beef industry and their cattle operations. During their congressional visits, participants focused on issues including the 2013 Farm Bill, federal lands ranching and overreaching regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. They finished the day with a reception hosted by John Deere at the company’s Washington office.

For more information on the YCC program or to nominate someone for next year’s tour, contact your state cattlemen’s association or Marvin Kokes at 303-850-3339 or



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    Release adapted from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association



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