Candace Weeda grew up in southwestern Iowa on a diversified crop and commercial cattle operation. She developed a love for livestock at an early age on her family’s operation and was active in 4-H and FFA. Weeda graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a dual bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Communications and Journalism.
In 2013, Candace went work for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in Denver, Colo. as the associate director of communications to produce the television show, NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen. This role exposed Weeda to complex policy issues challenging the beef business, international market opportunities, consumer’s concerns about beef production and much more. She also attended the 2015 Young Cattlemen’s Conference.
After two and a half years of living in the city with NCBA, Weeda knew her place was back in the countryside so she returned to the family operation in February of 2016. Weeda knew if she was going to be in the cow business, she needed to go learn from the best in the industry. Thus, her pursuit of a master’s degree in ranch management from the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management
in Kingsville, Texas, of which she’ll graduate in August of 2018.
Weeda is an entrepreneur at heart and long-term wants to create opportunities to enhance rural communities, connect the urban population to the ranching business, and improve the quality of life for ranching professionals. She believes leadership development and self-study will pave the way for upcoming generations to thrive, both personally and professionally. Weeda is an avid traveler and has visited Australia, Ireland and New Zealand to learn about various agriculture systems. In her spare time, Candace enjoys exploring the great outdoors, traveling, yoga, being horseback, quilting and gardening. She also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to be a voice for abused and neglected children in the local community.