Local beef producer selected to participate in prestigious leadership program

Local beef producer selected to participate in prestigious leadership program

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., June 13, 2018 – Colton Blehm of Orlando has been selected to be part of class 26 of the Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy (CLA).  CLA is a program of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) targeted for beef producers ages 25-40 and designed to develop young OCA members through industry exposure, education and association communication.

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“The CLA program is very valuable to our Association and the beef industry,” said Weston Givens, OCA President. “This program helps identify and develop young cattlemen willing to take a leadership role and carry out the OCA’s vision – Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry,” Givens said.

The CLA Class 26 participants include: Brad Atkinson Altus; Adrienne Bethel, Claremore; Jesse Bierig, Ringwood; Brandon Bishop, Chandler; Alegra Bishop, Chandler; Colton Blehm, Orlando; Fred Chapman, Sulphur; Katelyn Corsentino, Purcell; Jason Davenport, Wapanucka; Misty Davenport, Wapanucka; Matt Fulbright, Bluejacket; Jeremy Kinder, Faxon; Jason Lotspeich, Rosston; Matt Myers, Edmond; Kelli Payne, Mustang; Robyn Peterson, Ardmore; Carla Stinnett, Supulpa; Scooter Teel, Blanchard; Jeana Weeks, Indianola; Gregory Williams, Afton

CLA consists of a series of four seminars designed to expose participants to leaders from all segments of the industry, including: purebred, cow-calf, backgrounding, dairy, feeding, processing, retail, foodservice, animal health, marketing, finance, etc. The seminars provide participants the opportunity to further explore our business, gain essential information and network with fellow OCA members.

“The first seminar is schedule for July 30-Aug. 1 in Oklahoma City and the Amarillo, TX area,” said Givens.

The CLA program is completely funded by several generous sponsors including:  Merck Animal Health, Oklahoma Ag Credit, Hitch Enterprises, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, The Noble Research Institute, ABS Global, Oklahoma Beef Council, Farm Data Services, Reproduction Enterprises Inc., Langston’s Western Wear, KIS Futures, Frontier Trading, Stuart Farm and Ranch, Vitalix Supplements, McKay Ford, National Livestock, A T & T and BancCentral NA.

The OCA is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. OCA is the only voice that speaks solely for the cattlemen of Oklahoma and represents beef producers in all 77 counties across the state. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership, the theft reward program or activities call 405-235-4391 or visit www.okcattlemen.org.

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