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ST. LOUIS, MO — The Angus Foundation is pleased to announce that third-generation Angus breeder Lake Elliott, of Robert Elliott & Sons Angus, Adams, Tenn., has been selected as the Angus representative to the 2017 Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC), hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

NCBA’s YCC program is an opportunity for young leaders to gain an understanding of all aspects of the beef industry from pasture to plate and showcase the industry’s involvement in policy making, issues management, research, education and marketing.

“The opportunity to learn more about all aspects of our end product and the placement/regulation of that product is very important to my operation,” Elliott says. “Also, the amount of interaction with legislators in the YCC program allows for some guidance in what needs to be done to ensure a future.”

Robert Elliott & Sons Angus raises 260 registered Angus cattle, and Elliott serves as herdsman for the operation.

Elliott’s leadership skills blossomed as a teenager, serving as a Tennessee Junior Angus Association director for four years and then as vice president.

He also represented Tennessee as a voting delegate in National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) elections. As a teenager, Elliott also served as a voting delegate to the annual Angus Convention of Delegates, a role he has served in more than 10 times, to date.

Elliott has a degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) in animal science with emphasis in production and management. During his college years, Elliott was a member and officer in Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the UTK Student Cattlemen’s Association and Block & Bridle.

He’s also been a member of NCBA for 20 years and has attended the NCBA Convention.

Elliott has served for six years as an advisor to the Tennessee Junior Angus Association and served as the adult chair of the education committee at the 2012 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).  He has also served six years on the Tennessee Angus Association board of directors. He participated in the 2009 Beef Leaders Institute.

“My involvement with youth activities has been the most rewarding,” Elliott says. “I believe our junior members will carry the torch for our breed and its place within the beef industry. Several junior members that I once mentored are extremely successful adult members today.”

Outside the Angus industry, Elliott has also stepped into leadership roles. He served for six years as a director of the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, and four of those years as vice chairman. In addition, Elliott has served three years as Montgomery County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers president.

“Lake is a natural born leader,” says Chuck Grove, Forest, Va., one of Elliott’s references.

“He is precisely the type of individual this program was designed to assist — future leaders of the beef industry.”

“We feel that Lake will be an outstanding representative of the Angus breed,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “His outstanding leadership skills and activity in giving back to the Angus industry made him an ideal choice for the YCC opportunity.”

For more information about the Angus Foundation, call 816-383-5100 or email mjenkins@angusfoundation.org.

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