Minnesota Top of the Class
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!
develop the skills of Minnesota’s beef industry leaders so they may maximize
their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international
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.
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
- THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE: The seminar calendar is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of
participants. Most of the activities occur in two half days.
- Session I – June 19 & 20 (St. Paul)
- Session II – September 18
& 19 (St. Paul)
- 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.”
How to Apply:
and Foreign Marketing
and National Policy
Safety & Nutrition
to Plate Tours of various sectors of the beef industry
Complete and submit the Top of the Class application by May 3rd, 2018. The TOTC application can be found HERE.