2014 National Beef Ambassador Team Members
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Hi there! My name is Emma Morris, and I am proud to represent the Golden State of California on the 2014 National Beef Ambassador Team! I am the 17 year-old daughter of Jim and Katie Morris, and a senior at Etna High School. My hometown Etna, California is a small ranching community located way up north in the Marble Mountains, about an hour from the Oregon border. Along with my brothers, I am the sixth generation on my family’s ranch where we grow alfalfa, wheat, sunflowers, and grass, and raise Black Angus cattle, sheep, horses, and mules. Growing up as a part of the beef industry has made it something that is very near and dear to my heart, and I am so excited to spend this year sharing the beef production story throughout the entire country!
I am very active in my local FFA and 4H clubs, and am currently serving as my FFA chapter’s secretary and 4H president. I am involved in student government, and I’m currently captain of my school’s volleyball team. I compete in the parliamentary procedure, livestock judging, and prepared public speaking contests in FFA and was a 2013 state finalist with my speech regarding regulations on farmers. I also show my family’s cattle at our county fair every year. Advocating for the agricultural community is truly my passion, and my future goals include attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Ag Communications, and ultimately becoming an agricultural lobbyist. I couldn’t be more eager to serve on this team of amazing and dedicated beef ambassadors, and look forward to what this year has in store for us!
Justana Von Tate
Hello y'all! I am Justana Von Tate, the daughter of Stan and LaVon Tate of Texas. Growing up on my family's cow/calf ranch you could say it's always been "Beef it's what's for dinner" at my house. From calving first time heifers in snow storms to branding calves in the summer heat, the Texas panhandle lets you experience a little bit of everything. Along with commercial cattle, my family also raises and shows club calves. You could say my "sport" is being in the show ring. I have competitively shown at every major stock show in Texas.
I'm currently a senior at McLean high school where six man football rules Friday nights. Growing up in 4H and FFA has given me so many opportunities and great experiences. I'm currently president of my FFA chapter and compete in a variety of contests. The beef show steer project had been my biggest involvement in 4H as well as beef quiz bowl, food challenge and the livestock judging team. After graduating, I plan to attend Clarendon college and participate on the livestock judging team. Then after Clarendon, it's into Texas Tech where I will duel major in Agriculture Communications and Business. I have been so blessed to be a part of the 2014 NBAP and can't wait for all the outstanding experiences I will encounter while getting to advocate for the fabulous been community.
Rachael proudly represents the volunteer state, Tennessee. She lives on her families’ farm in Culleoka, TN and is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she is studying Animal Science with a focus in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Her future goals are to be a large animal Veterinarian, and specialize in large and small ruminants. Rachael is serving as the freshman class president for UT Martin, and she is an active member of Student Cattlemen’s, and the Veterinary Science Club.
In high school Rachael ran cross-country, track, and swam competitively. She is now a part of the Tennessee Team Beef running team. She was highly active in 4H, serving as a member of the State 4H Council for three years, and completing over 10,000 volunteer hours. Rachael attended National 4H Congress, and national 4H Conference.
Rachael’s family operates a small, diversified farm. She raises and shows registered Border Cheviot Sheep, serves on the National Jr. Cheviot Society board, and was the 2013 National Cheviot Queen.
Rachael has always had a passion for the beef industry. She is an advocate for all things agriculture, and is inspired by the individuals who have devoted their lives to this great industry.
Hello! I am Sierra Jepsen and this year I have the honor and the privilege to represent the great state of Ohio on the 2014 National Beef Ambassador Team! On my family’s farm in Amanda, we maintain a 70-head Angus and crossbred cowherd for our cow-calf enterprise, operate a small feedlot to finish beef for local consumers, and grow nearly 1,000 acres of corn, wheat, soybeans and hay.
Raising my own 4H steers has truly helped me learn and understand the responsibility that today’s beef producers face on a daily basis. Through the FFA, I was able to build my own cowherd to 11 head and raise beef to sell on our family farm. From 2011-2012, I served as a state FFA officer and represented Ohio’s 22,000 FFA members. My sister, Cheyenne, and I both have the beef the cattle industry to thank for helping us to earn our state and American FFA degrees, save money for college and buy our first cars.
I'm a student at The Ohio State University studying agricultural business and applied economics with a minor in animal sciences. Here at Ohio State, I'm an ambassador for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and an active member of the Agribusiness Club, Crops and Soils Club and the Saddle and Sirloin Club, where I serve as co-chairman for the Steer Show Committee.
This past summer, I donated $500 of locally raised beef to five food pantries in my home county, equaling 40 pounds of beef for them to serve to beneficiary families. With the help of my local cattlemen’s association, “Hamburger for the Hungry” was created this summer. For every hamburger that the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association sold, one half pound of beef was donated to several other food pantries countywide.
Seeing beef served in my home state is what drives my passion for the cattle industry. I love sharing my story with consumers and I look forward to representing producers around the US this year on the 2014 National Beef Ambassador Team!
Hello fellow beef lovers! I am Tori Summey and I'm beyond blessed to serve on the 2014 National Beef Ambassador Team. My passion for the Beef Community sparked from my experiences through the National FFA Organization in high school where I just finished my term as State Vice President. Being raised in urban Phoenix, Arizona I was uniquely privileged with the opportunity to fall in love with the beef community without actually growing up in it. I gained my passion simply through hearing Arizona farmers and ranchers tell their story, and that’s how I know it is such an important story to tell.
My family was a part of the vast majority of misinformed consumers, and actually at one point my sister was even a vegetarian. It's because of my unique past that I'm driven to tell my story, and hopefully spark a passion for beef in other consumers like me. I truly believe everything happens for a reason, and despite my urban background I believe I was meant to advocate for agriculture. That’s why I’m studying to obtain a degree in Agriculture Communication and Child Development.
Besides my agricultural pursuits, I was privileged with the opportunity to be actively involved in a number of programs in high school such as Student Government, Student Ambassadors, Student Horseman’s Association, Art Club, Math Mania, Ecology Club, Yearbook, Dance Committee, and I have been competitive in Karate since the age of five, earning multiple National and World titles. However, it was my involvement in FFA that has really shaped the person I am now. Through competing as a finalist in the Arizona FFA Beef Speaking completion I found out about the Beef Ambassador Program and my desire to become one. Since then, I have witnessed the integrity, passion, and dedication that goes into producing safe, wholesome, and nutritious beef. I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve among such outstanding individuals and represent farmers and ranchers across the nation as a National Beef Ambassador!