For Immediate Release: November 19, 2012
Contact: Sarah J. Bohnenkamp (303) 850-3440 email@example.com
Five college students selected as official beef industry spokespersons
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Minnesota and Oregon Beef Ambassadors selected for the
2013 National Beef Ambassador team
Chandler Mulvaney (Alabama), Emma Jumper (Arkansas), Katie Stroud (California), Erin Morrison (Minnesota), and Jacquelyn Brown (Oregon) were recently selected as the 2013 National Beef Ambassador team. The annual National Beef Ambassador Program (NBAP) competition, funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, was held Sept. 28-30 in Sacramento, California.
As National Beef Ambassadors, the team will speak to beef industry issues and misconceptions, while educating their peers and others about beef nutrition, cattle care and other beef topics at Beef Checkoff programs in urban areas, in the classroom and online via Facebook, Twitter and the official NBAP blog.
Mulvaney is the son of Don and Janet Mulvaney and lives in Opelika, AL. He is majoring in Agribusiness and Political Science at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and hopes to become Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture in the future. Mulvaney was the 2010 State 4-H president and the 2011 Alabama Boys State Commissioner of Agriculture. A lifelong 4-H and Junior Cattlemen member, he was on the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association (AJCA), a member of the Alabama Junior Angus Association, the Georgia Junior Cattlemen’s Association and serves as president of the Alabama Junior Hereford Association. A 4th generation cattleman and accomplished showmen, he earned the Champion and reserve Champion Bred and Owned heifers overall in his final state show. While achieving many class, division, and overall champion heifer and showmanship honors, he has class winners at the 2011 National Junior Hereford Expo and a Reserve Division winner, Grand Champion Bred and Owned division three at the North American International Exposition plus was in the top five showmen at the 2011 Hereford junior nationals. He has been bestowed with Cattlemen of the Year, Supreme Competitor, State 4-H Beef Achievement Awards and has won numerous public speaking honors including the 2012 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Youth Public Speaking contest. He is a recipient of the John Wayne Memorial and Golden Bull Awards, the ACWA Louise Wilson Memorial Scholarship, the Georgia Cattlemen’s – Cross Family Memorial Scholarship, the Agriculture Future of America Award and the CHS Foundation scholarship. He grew up in Providence Baptist Church performing in choirs, puppet team and athletic ministries. Chandler also had an accomplished baseball career. He along with his high school baseball team finished with a 38-12 record and was runner-up in the State Championship Series in May of 2012.
Jumper is the daughter of Pam and Tommy Jumper and she is seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance with a concentration in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign language with a concentration in Chinese at Mississippi State. Jumper who hails from Paragould, AR is a recent graduate of Brookland high school where she involved herself in many activities ranging from student government to yearbook editor. She graduated a Summa Cum Laude honor student and Salutatorian of her class. Emma is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Paragould and has directed their nursing home ministries for two years. Having been raised on a Registered Angus Cattle Ranch, Emma has a passion for agriculture and served three terms as her FFA chapter president, competing locally and state wide in public and extemporaneous speaking competitions. She enjoyed much success in livestock judging as she placed in a top three percentile in numerous competitions across the mid-South. Jumper also involves herself in volunteerism and ag-promotion and has served as an advocate for various sects of the agricultural community for many years, recently serving as Miss AR Rice. She has an interest in politics and was elected from a delegation of eight hundred to be the governor of Arkansas’ Girls state. Taking her passion for agriculture to the glamorous side, Emma has competed in the Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen pageant for two years where she promoted her ag-based platform across the Natural State, she placed in the top fifteen her first competition year and top ten the second. Jumper is also a member of the Arkansas Junior Angus Association and National Junior Angus Association.
Stroud is the daughter of David Stroud and Helen and Andy Albaugh and hails from Adin, CA. She is majoring in Animal Science at California State University, Chico. Stroud is a 4th generation cattle rancher and her family raises purebred Shorthorn cattle. A graduate of Big Valley High School, she took advantage of every extracurricular activity offered to her including: FFA, FHA-HERO, CSF, NHS, DEPTH, MESA, Student council, volleyball, cheerleading, and basketball. She earned her state FFA degree, was a regional officer for FHA-HERO, and was a part of the 2010 Intermountain Fair Queen Court. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, riding horses, and anything else involving the outdoors. Stroud enjoys expanding her knowledge of the agriculture industry and is very involved in Chico State’s Young Cattlemen’s Association, serving as a YCA officer. She is also a member of the Chico State Speech and Debate team and is very active in the Christian group on campus, Campus Crusade for Christ. Katie’s real passion is the beef industry. She developed this passion through helping her family on the ranch as well as showing cattle. After attending the 2010 NCBA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. she knew that defending the industry she loves is what she needed to do. Since then she has attended the 2010-2011 CCA State Conventions, the 2012 CCA Midyear Meeting, and served both Lassen and Modoc Counties as their county beef ambassador.
Morrison is the daughter of Terry and Michelle Morrison and she is majoring in Biochemistry at Purdue. She hails from Belle Plaine, MN and had a very active high school career. In her local FFA chapter she served four years as an officer, including one term as president. She also competed at the national level for the Agriculture Communications competition and competed in the agriculture sales contest at the 2012 National FFA Convention. At the state level, Erin has also competed in agriculture communications, agriculture sales, parliamentary procedure, discussion, and extemporaneous speaking competitions through FFA. During her senior year, Erin was caption of her cross country team and first chair clarinet in the band. She was also very active in the National Honor Society, Tiger Target Team and the speech team. Erin also holds many commitments outside of school. She was recently chosen as her community’s Miss Shamrock, which gives her the opportunity to proudly represent her community’s Irish heritage. She is also a member of her local 4-H club, as well as on the Minnesota Shorthorn Junior Association’s board of directors. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world with her family and working on the farm with her cattle and siblings. Erin has greatly appreciated the amount of time her family has been able to spend together because of their work on the farm.
Brown is the daughter of Mike and Deb Brown and she is a senior at St. Mary’s High School in Central Point, OR. Brown is a member for the National Honor Society and is an active member of the Crater FFA chapter, where she is currently serving her second term as chapter President. She also serves as the Southern Oregon FFA District President, and she competes in a number of FFA competitions, including Public Speaking, Ag Sales, Ag Marketing, Ag Issues, Crops Evaluations, Job Interview, tractor driving, and showing livestock. Recently, she was the captain of her Ag Issues team, who won the state competition and competed at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Brown is also an active 4-H member. Over the past nine years, she has shown dogs, rabbits, cavies, poultry, horses, meat goats, dairy goats, sheep, and beef in 4-H. She has also competed in the 4-H presentation contest, cooking contest, and the record book contest. She currently serves as a junior leader, helping younger members with projects. Jacquelyn has many interests and activities, but raising and showing market steers is her favorite activity. She tries to compete at as many youth livestock shows as possible each year, and she often travels long distances to exhibit her livestock. Aside from 4-H and FFA, Jacquelyn loves to travel, and she volunteers for the local Lions Club and the Toys for Tots Program. She plans to study Ag Business and Communications in college next year, in preparation for a career in agriculture.
Follow the National Beef Ambassadors on Twitter @beefambassador. Visit www.nationalbeefambassador.org or www.ancw.org for more information and contact NBAP Manager Sarah J. Bohnenkamp at 303-850-3440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Beef Ambassador Program is funded in part by The Beef Checkoff Program (www.MyBeefCheckoff.com). The Beef Checkoff was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill and assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.
The American National CattleWomen, Inc., a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program, is one of the longest-standing cattle women organizations, established in 1952 as a national, nonprofit organization. It is a voice for women who share a passion for the U.S. beef industry, promoting and supporting the industry while encouraging women involved in beef and related agribusiness.