With the 2022 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show on the horizon, several important deadlines are approaching for members and affiliates. Read on to learn more about opportunities available to get involved or nominate a fellow member for recognition.

Awards for Excellence
Four awards are given out each year to honor the excellence exhibited by county affiliates. These awards are given in the areas of Overall Affiliate, Overall Affiliate Runner Up, Outstanding Affiliate Activity/Event, Outstanding Affiliate Policy Involvement and Outstanding Affiliate Beef Promotion. County affiliates are encouraged to submit applications that outline the hard work put in each year in several categories including Youth, Fundraising, and Legislative activities. Points will be given for activities taking place on October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021, and each event, activity or program may be counted only once. Applications are due December 1, and can be found by following this link: https://www.mocattle.org/membership/county-information

Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College
As 2021 comes to a close, MCA is looking for applicants to the Missouri Cattlemen’s Leadership College Class of 2022. The program offers an array of opportunities including state and national policy advocacy, media training, major packer and feedlot facility tours, and trips to other Missouri producers for a full scope of the cattle industry in the United States. Past tour stops have included Bar G Feedyards, JBS – Cactus Plant, Caviness Beef Packers, KC Cattle Company, Green Springs Bull Test and many more. The application is available now and can be found attached to this email. Applications must be submitted by December 1. To learn more about this program, click the following link: https://www.mocattle.org/meetings-events/missouri-cattlemens-leadership-college

Leadership Position Openings
Applications for leadership opportunities are now being accepted for 2022. The positions that applications will be accepted for are as follows: Vice President, Treasurer, Region 1 VP, Region 3 VP, Region 5 VP and Region 7 VP. Anyone interested in these positions must submit a letter of intent and resume to MCA staff by December 1.

Industry Leader Awards
Nominations are now open for the Industry Leader Awards. These awards include the Leadership Development Award, Pioneer Award, Allied Industry Award and the Cattleman of the Year. Each of these awards recognizes an individual involved in Missouri agriculture that has gone above and beyond what is asked of them. You will find a brief description of each award below for clarification on the distinction between each award. Nominations for these awards should be sent to MCA staff with the individual’s name and why you believe they should win the award. We ask that Industry Leader Award nominations be submitted by December 1.
Leadership Development Award
This award was created to honor individuals within Missouri Cattlemen’s Association that work to develop future leaders in our local affiliates. The award aims to acknowledge the work that is done at the ground floor of our grassroots organization and is reserved for individuals that strengthen the foundation of the association.
Pioneer
This award is presented to an individual who has been a corner-post for not only the state’s beef industry but the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. This is truly a lifetime achievement award and is the highest honor given by the association. This award is reserved for individuals who have dedicated enormous effort and dedication to advancing Missouri’s cattle industry.
Cattleman of the Year
This award is presented to someone who has been an important part of MCA for the past year. It could have been exemplified through their volunteerism or their ability to make MCA a more recognizable organization. This award is reserved for the individuals who went above and beyond for their county and/or state organization in 2021.
Allied Industry
This individual is part of the bigger picture of MCA, one of our business partners. Someone that MCA can always count on for support or that has been a partner in the cattle industry over the last many years.

Collegiate Cattlemen’s Showdown
The 2nd Annual Collegiate Cattlemen’s Showdown will be held on Saturday, January 8, at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach as part of the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show. The Showdown is a debate-style contest where collegiate members have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge on issues facing the industry. To qualify for the competition, all potential contestants must apply by December 3 and be currently enrolled in post-secondary education. For more information about the contest or to sign up, click here.

2022 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention
There are just a few short months before cattle producers from across the state will gather for the 54th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show. The theme for this year is “Cattlemen Stand Together,” as we prepare for the upcoming year. The annual convention is the perfect time for cattlemen to join together to learn, prepare and promote themselves and the industry as we move forward into 2022. The convention is set to take place January 7-9 at the Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, and registration is open and available online at mocattle.com. Early registration pricing ends December 10, so register today!

If you have any questions or comments regarding upcoming deadlines, please contact Sydney Thummel at (573) 499-9162 ext. 231 or sydney@mocattle.com.