2019 MN Beef Industry Top of the Class

Minnesota Top of the Class

Are you ready to step up to the challenge and expand your world of influence?  Are you willing to reach “beyond the choir” and serve as a premier spokesperson for the beef industry and lifestyle? The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association and the Minnesota Beef Council invite you to apply to be part of the 2019 Minnesota Top of the Class program. The application deadline is May 3, 2019!  

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  • THE MISSION:  To develop the skills of Minnesota’s beef industry leaders so they may maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.    
  • THE PROGRAM: A dynamic year-long educational experience featuring two two-day in-state seminars, along with an out of state experience to conclude the program. 
  • THE ­FOCUS: The program will equip Top of the Class participants with the training, knowledge and experience they need to be sources of information for local, state and national media outlets, journalists and consumers looking for more information about beef production. Participants will be extensively trained in media interviews, culinary demonstrations, impactful presentations, social media and other timely topics. 
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Each class is comprised of a small group of participants.  Beef producers and others who are professionals involved in agribusiness or rural leadership positions are encouraged to apply.
  •  TUITION: Tuition is a fraction of the true cost of participation of each class participants.   Tuition costs for 2019 Minnesota Top of the Class program is $300, must be paid prior to the first seminar.  This covers lodging (based on a lodging rotation with double occupancy), some travel expenses and most meals during the program. Out of pocket costs include travel to in-state seminar locations and points of departure (normally MSP International) for out of state seminars, and some independent meals.    
  • ­THE PROGRAM ­SCHEDULE: The seminar calendar is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants. Most of the activities occur in two half days.      
    • In-state seminars:       
      • Session I – June 19 & 20 (St. Paul) 
      • Session II – September 18 & 19 (St. Paul)      
    • Out-state seminar:      
      • Session II – January 8 – 10, 2020 (Denver, Colorado)                                                                                

“I learned so much at the feedlot and packing tour. By seeing that process, I am better able to talk about those sections of the beef business.” 

 “I am very thankful and appreciative of the great opportunity.” 

 “I learned tons of great information that can be helpful when interacting with consumers. Overall a wonderful learning experience.” 

2018 Highlights: 

  • Media Training 
  • Trade and Foreign Marketing       
  • State and National Policy      
  • Global Food Experiences        
  • Beef Carcass Fabrication     
  • Beef Safety & Nutrition        
  • Culinary Training        
  • Gate to Plate Tours of various sectors of the beef industry

How to Apply:

Complete and submit the Top of the Class application by May 3rd, 2018.  The TOTC application can be found HERE.

Posted: April 15, 2019