Cohort 3 of NIAA’s Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders explored Kansas agriculture businesses to learn more about the agriculture industry

Kansas City, MO – The third cohort of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders met for their third in-person leadership training session in Topeka, Kansas.

During their time in the Topeka area, the leaders learned from:

  • Booth Creek Wagyu, Dave Dreiling, founder and owner, spoke to the group about his ranch’s story, why and how he raises Wagyu cattle, how to creates a healthy culture within a business, entrepreneurship.
  • Snyder Ranches shared their story of raising sheep, the different types of sheep farming and their efforts with meat sheep.
  • TC Turner, Red Beard Butcher, led a discussion and butchery demonstration a Snyder Ranches lamb. Several Cohort members participated in the demo.
  • Joe Epperly, NextGen Cattle Co., hosted the group and discussed their leadership and how they built their business.
  • Cohort 3 member, Johnna Granville, outlined ABS Global’s work in genetics and her role and responsibilities with the company.
  • Pitmaster Andy Groneman, Booth Creek Wagyu, showcased his culinary skills with the butchered lamb from the previous day while explaining how to utilize the carcass for a Tip-to-Tail
  • The session closed with Kerryann Kocher, CEO of Vytelle. She discussed leadership principles, her journey as a, entrepreneurial leader, and how she builds high-level, international teams in her business.

In January, NIAA announced the selected participants in the third cohort of the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders. This leadership training course is sponsored by the United Soybean Board and Farm Credit and was created by NIAA to empower animal agriculture professionals to strengthen previous leadership development experiences and collaborate with peers across the industry.

The third cohort of the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders represents a range of agricultural sectors to advance animal agriculture’s role in today’s food system. Participants include Johnna Baller-Granville – Genus ABS, Ryan Bennett – U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs and International Poultry Welfare Alliance, Kristi Block – North American Meat Institute, Sarah Coleman – The Kentucky Horse Council, Rose Digianantonio – State of Wyoming Livestock Board, Will Fiske – Neogen Genomics, Chelsea Good, JD – Livestock Marketing Association, Rita Harkless – Perdue Foods, Blaine Johnson – Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tanner King – Neogen Genomics, Ashley Kohls – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Jennifer Koziol – Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, Rahul Kumar – Zoetis, Inc., Megan McCullough – North American Meat Institute, Emmanuel Okello – University of California, Davis, Kelli Payne – Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, Hanna Robbins – Butterball, Dakota Thomas – Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), Jackson Tolle – United Producers, Inc., Hattie Webb – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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