A Harrison County beef cattle farmer looks to learn a few tricks at a midwest youth leadership convention.
Only five from Kentucky will make their way to Nebraska for the Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium and Harrison County Senior Lincoln Clifford will be filling one of those spots.
According to Clifford, Harrison County Ag. teacher Todd Brannock encouraged him to submit an application to be chosen for the event, which will be held in Lincoln Neb., Nov. 2-5.
“A friend of mine had told me about the trip and about how much fun he had on it,” said Clifford. “I figured that at the least it would be a great opportunity to learn more about current issues in the beef industry.”
Clifford said he was required to travel to Lexington for a face-to-face interview during the selection process.
“The great part about this experience is that I am sharpening skills and I have not even gone on the trip yet,” said Clifford.
Once Clifford was selected to be part of the Kentucky team that will travel in November, Clifford said he tried to set his mind right for the trip.
“It is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry that I hope to hold a job in one day,” said Clifford. “My goal, other than to build my resume, is to add to my knowledge and bring it back with me to my community to share with others.”
Clifford said he hopes to one day work as a field representative for one of the many breeds of beef cattle as well as continuing work on the family farm.
“I could think of nothing better than to get paid to hang out at stockyards and work on the farm,” laughed Clifford.
“It is what I have always enjoyed and hopefully this is just another experience that I have as I work toward that very goal.”
Clifford is the son of Harrison County farmer Ben and Jane Clifford.
Clifford will graduate next spring and plans to continue working on his family’s farm in the Sunrise area as well as pursue a job in the beef industry.