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Cattle Producers and Community Relations

Communities – both far and near – depend on cattle producers to feed the world and stimulate the economy. As business leaders, it’s important for cattle producers to connect with their community and volunteer with local youth.

Take Michael Chisam, president of Kansas Ethanol (started by Beef Marketing Group), for example. Chisam works to maintain strong ties to the local community in Lyons, Kansas. Not only is the plant creating jobs in the small community, the folks at Kansas Ethanol also make sure they give back. From sponsoring the Kansas State Grand Champion steer every year to awarding scholarships, Kansas Ethanol invests in its community's next generation.

There are opportunities for cattle producers to be involved in several organizations. From agriculture-focused organizations, such as FFA, to community-focused organizations, such as Chamber of Commerce, opportunities exist for every producer to serve as a mentor or volunteer. Below is a list of a few organizations and information on how individuals can be involved with each. Every community is different, so cattle producers may need to contact their local city government to see what opportunities exist in their particular county or city.

4-H
Through hands-on projects and mentoring, 4-H teaches youth skills they’ll need for a lifetime. 4-H reaches almost six million young people through a network of 100 public universities. Programs are delivered by 3,500 4-H professionals and 500,000 volunteers. To find a local 4-H chapter near you, visit this link: http://4-h.org/find/

American Farm Bureau Federation
Farm Bureau has county-level activities and state involvement with fellow industry members and youth. County activities include volunteering with 4-H and FFA programs, as well as support at county fairs and other local agricultural education activities. Click here to find your nearest Farm Bureau: http://www.fb.org/statefbs/

Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime. Today, nearly 1.2 million adults provide leadership and mentoring to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Follow this link to learn how to volunteer with your local Scouts group: https://beascout.scouting.org/Volunteer.aspx

Chamber of Commerce
A Chamber of Commerce is a network of businesses in a city. They meet regularly to discuss interests of businesses within the community. To find your local Chamber of Commerce, follow this link: https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/chambers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
NCBA – which serves as a marketing and trade association for America's one million cattle farmers and ranchers – provides many opportunities for youth involvement. From scholarships to the Beef Quiz Bowl, NCBA invests in future cattle producers. Follow this link to learn how to get involved as a volunteer with NCBA: https://www.beefusa.org/join.aspx

National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Contact your local public high school to find ways to volunteer with FFA. Most chapters also have opportunities to setup scholarships for students pursuing agriculture degrees in college.

The Salvation Army
While the Salvation Army is most notably recognized by the contributions they collect during the Christmas season, this organization depends on the volunteer support of nearly 3.3 million individuals throughout the year. To learn how you can utilize your talents to help the Salvation Army, visit this link: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer?_ga=1.63298031.1574868801.1477326752

Volunteer Match
Volunteer Match is a website dedicated to helping people find ways to volunteer within their local community. Individuals can search by zip code and select cause areas, such as youth or disaster relief, to find specific volunteer organizations. Follow this link to find volunteer opportunities in your area: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search