Being involved with the National Beef Ambassador Contest this past weekend was a great time! Eighteen of the most talented young leaders in the beef industry were in Rapid City to show off their knowledge and passion for this great segment of agriculture. While every one of them would have done a fantastic job representing beef producers, the field was whittled down to five.
Your 2011 National Beef Ambassadors are Kelli Fulkerson from Michigan, Maddy Ruble from Minnesota, Jessica Sweet from Callifornia, Austin Joyce from Texas, and Kristen Stufft from Pennsylvania. I'm looking forward to following these great young leaders as they travel around the country telling the great story of agriculture and the beef industry.
It was an honor to help judge this competition and to speak at the awards breakfast. Hopefully we inspired the contestants as much as they inspired us over the weekend. The future of our industry is in great hands.