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Source: National Cattlemen's Foundation news release

Cody Sankey, a fifth generation cattleman who raises Angus cattle in Indiana, has been awarded the 2017 Max Deets Leadership Award from the National Cattlemen's Foundation for his outstanding leadership in the cattle industry. Sankey was recognized for his achievement at the Best of Beef Breakfast during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3.

The Max Deets Leadership Award is presented each year to the previous year's Young Cattlemen's Conference chairman. It is named for Max Deets, a Kansas cattleman and industry leader who served as the president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in 1997 and passed away in 2014. The award was established through contributions from the Kansas Livestock Association and NCBA.

Sankey lives with his wife, Lindsay, near Economy, Ind., where they raise registered Angus cattle. In addition to his cattleman role, Cody Sankey serves as director of key accounts for Biozyme, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in ruminant nutrition from Oklahoma State University.

Before moving to Indiana, Sankey was manager of the Michigan State University Beef Cattle Center and the school's livestock judging team coach. He grew up in Council Grove, Kan., on the Sankey's 6N Ranch, which has the second oldest registered Angus herd in the United States, with more than 115 years in the registered Angus business.

Sankey serves on the Indiana Beef Cattle Association Board of Directors and is the second vice president of the Indiana Angus Association.

The National Cattlemen's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advances the future of the cattle industry, providing scholarship opportunities to inspire young people to pursue careers in agriculture and offering a way for people to invest in the beef industry's legacy and lifestyle.

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