Agribition will contribute to young cattlemen initiative

Canadian Western Agribition has signed on as a future mentor to the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program.

Chief executive officer Marty Seymour said the details of the show’s participation in the program have yet to be worked out, but he expects the relationship will include helping a young person develop business acumen through show involvement.

Agribition in turn would gain the interest of younger members of the industry.

“And as you know, there is not a huge pipeline of young people,” he said. “Our interest is, it’s a good way to give back.”

The program gives participants aged 18 to 35 the chance to be matched with agricultural mentors who can help them develop specific skills or goals.

Program proponents hope Agribition’s young person will be able to sit at the board table as a non-voting participant.

“We’re still developing what that looks like,” said Seymour. “We need our mentee and then we’ll decide where we can help them the most.”

However, he did note that Agribition’s governance model allows for the appointment of directors.

Seymour is looking forward to finalizing the details and figuring out how the program can work for the benefit of both.

“We would be foolish not to listen to them,” he said of young industry players.

Current participant Sheldon Kyle of Kenray Ranch at Redvers, Sask., said that’s how the program should work.

Program manager Jill Harvie said the partnership with Agribition is the perfect opportunity for young people to tap a wealth of experience.

Applications for the 2013 program are online and close Jan. 25.

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