Stockmen’s Association graduates nine, calls for student applications for 2012 Mentoring Program


For more than a decade, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) has connected aspiring livestock professionals with career mentors in its popular mentoring program. Nine students graduated from the program at a ceremony in Bismarck, N.D., in September and the NDSA is now taking applications for the 2012 class.

“The Mentoring Program is one way the NDSA works to unite, protect, promote educate and serve the state’s beef industry,” said program coordinator and NDSA Special Projects Director Emily Dalzell of Bismarck. Through the program the association connects high school- and college-age students who have an interest in a beef-related career with a livestock professional who works in the student’s field of choice.

The students and professionals meet several times a year, including a kickoff meeting in February, the graduation ceremony in September and at least four other times that work with their individual schedules. “The program is designed to give high-school- and college-age individuals a real-world glimpse into the beef industry, as well as hands-on experience,” said Dalzell. “We are hopeful that many of these individuals will go on to pursue beef-related careers.”

Student applications for the 2012 program will be accepted through Nov. 15. They are available online at or by contacting Dalzell at (701) 223-2522 or NDSA members who are interested in volunteering as a mentor should also contact Dalzell.

Source: NDSA