SDCA Announces Leadership Academy to Empower Future Leaders

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2024
Media Contact: Lorrin Naasz,

SDCA Announces Leadership Academy to Empower Future Leaders
The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA), in partnership with Farm Credit Services of America and South Dakota Corn, proudly announces the rollout of the SDCA Leadership Academy.
The SDCA Leadership Academy will cultivate the next generation of influential leaders and shape the future of the cattle industry. This exciting new program will foster industry knowledge, enhance leadership, improve communication skills, and promote mentorship among emerging leaders. The program will drive sustainable growth and positively impact the beef production industry by equipping participants with critical skills, knowledge, and networks.
“Leaders in our industry must understand the unique challenges faced by all segments of the industry – from the cow/calf producers to feedlot operators, packers and retailers,” said Eric Jennings, SDCA past president and chair of the SDCA Leadership Academy Steering Committee. “A comprehensive understanding of these various segments and regional experiences, coupled with effective communication, is essential in today’s dynamic landscape.”
Participants in the Leadership Academy will engage in a series of events, tours, interactive seminars, and experiential learning opportunities. Guided by seasoned cattle industry veterans and experts, participants will connect with fellow professionals, industry leaders, and potential mentors. This environment will foster the exchange of best practices, expand professional networks, and allow opportunities for addressing industry-wide challenges.
Applications for the SDCA Leadership Academy are now open through September 1st. To be eligible, applicants must be members of SDCA, at least 21 years old, and actively involved in the South Dakota cattle industry. Interested individuals can learn more and apply by visiting For additional information about the SDCA Leadership Academy, please contact Lorrin Naasz at

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