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I would like to thank the CSA and YCSA for sending me down to Nebraska to be part of the International Genetic Solutions Summit Conference. I would also like to say thank you to the American Junior Simmental Association for being such great hosts and giving us such a warm welcome. This award provided me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who have similar interests. Our days were jam packed with great speakers, fun evenings and many wonderful tours all around Nebraska. I really enjoyed learning more about genetic testing, herd management and consumer communication. Thank you again! - Arika Kathol, Drayton Valley, AB I would like to thank the Young Canadian Simmental Association for giving me the opportunity to attend the IGS Summit Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. On this trip, I learned so much about the beef industry and the direction in which it is thought to be heading. Throughout the conference we listened to a number of key note speakers discuss topics such as genetics, meat grading, social media, and beef advocacy. We also toured facilities including the US Meat Research Center, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus. I am so appreciative of all the knowledge I gained, however I believe the hospitality and welcoming of the other participants really completed the experience for me. I feel extremely privileged to have met 85 other participants that are just as captivated by the beef industry as I am, and for this, we connected immediately. It is the friendships that were created that made leaving so difficult. I am beyond grateful for this experience and cannot express the impact this trip has had on me. An incredible opportunity, and even better experience. - Tia Schram, Bruderheim, AB

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