Meet the Future Monday: Allison Angus of Humphreys County, Tennessee

Allison Angus consists of two farming operations in northern Humphreys County. AllisonAA group 4 Angus is owned by Martin and Marty Allison. In addition to operating a practical, herd-driven operation, their operation also maintains a small show string that is cared for by seven young, cattle enthusiasts. Learn more about their operations and show crew below.


Describe your operation.

Graydon Allison: We own 1000 acres and 120 cows, of which about 20 cows are mine. We raise black Angus to sell at our yearly sale in December. I also show cattle.

Cole Bailey: I do not have my own operation but hope to someday.

Braden Bone: I am new to having an Angus operation. I currently have 2 registered Angus on a small farm.

Richard Crowell: I got the opportunity to show with Allison Angus and since I have been showing with them and learning all about the cattle and doing day to day care. I have grown to love doing it and I now want to start my own farm.

Seth Greenwell: Allison Angus is owned by Mr. Marty.  The show part is a group of kids, mostly pre-teens, who show with the owner’s son.  It’s a bunch of fun!

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Seth Greenwell

Asa Greenwell: Allison Angus works as a team.  We work together.  We show up, wash, feed, water, clean stalls, and load up for shows as often as we can.  When someone can’t make it, someone else steps in to be sure their animals are taken care of.


What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

Graydon Allison: Many things…. I have a garden that I love, we have a creek that I like to swim and fish in. I get to spend time with my family and friends on the farm.

Cole Bailey: I have enjoyed all my many animals

Braden Bone: I like to work with my cows and I enjoy any time spent on a tractor.

Richard Crowell: I have enjoyed learning about all the time and effort you have to put into the cattle. I have gotten to see many different jobs and help with some while at Allison Angus. I have been able to help with the head catch, feeding, help herding, watching blood draws, and a lot more.

Brock Bailey: I have enjoyed working with my heifer the most.

Seth Greenwell: What I’ve enjoyed most about working with show cattle is how my cow went from being feisty, liking to kick, to being calm and gentle now that I’ve worked with her.

Asa Greenwell: The peacefulness and quietness.  Things are so crazy and busy at the farm.

 

 


Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

Graydon Allison: My dad has been my biggest role model.

Cole Bailey: My dad has been my biggest role model.

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Richard Crowell

Braden Bone: I come from a long line of farmers, but the most influential are my mom, stepdad, aunt, Grampy, and my nemesis, Megan.

Richard Crowell: My dad. Since I started showing he has helped me with everything and been there for me 24/7 and has been in 110%.

Brock Bailey:  My dad has been my biggest role model

Seth Greenwell: Mrs. Megan Tarpy.  She’s been a great role model.  She’s always there for us and helping us learn.

Asa Greenwell: Mr. Marty Allison has been very influential, providing the opportunity for us to work together.  Mrs. Megan Tarpy has worked hard helping us all learn.


What are you most passionate about?

Cole Bailey: I am most passionate about livestock.

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Graydon Allison

Braden Bone: I am passionate about growing a registered Angus herd.

Richard Crowell: I am passionate that I will be able to help the cattle business grow and spread. I am passionate about the cows and how much responsibility it takes. I am passionate about showing and getting to do some of the show day stuff on my own.

Brock Bailey: I am most passionate about taking care of my heifers.

Seth Greenwell: Having fun!  As far as showing goes, keeping my heifer clean.

Asa Greenwell: Working as a team


What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

Graydon Allison: Not having enough time between farming, school, and sports.

Cole Bailey: My age is my greatest challenge.

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Cole Bailey

Braden Bone: Financials, finding the perfect feed mixture, and a good time ratio for farm and school are some of my greatest challenges.

Richard Crowell: The hardest thing that I have faced so far is the ability to make a habit and keeping a routine. Another challenge is getting more kids into cattle so the breed doesn’t die down. I hope our generation is stronger than ever.

 

Seth Greenwell: My biggest challenge when showing is getting my heifer and cow in a row.  They just don’t always stay there.  When I first started showing, I just didn’t understand.  Now I know I must keep my patience and practice.

Asa Greenwell: Some days the biggest challenge is just getting the cows through the cattle chute and catching them in the head catch.  That can be tricky!


Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

Graydon Allison: 10 years I will be 21. I would like for my herd to have grown. I also plan on being in college. I plan to invest my money back into cows.

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Brock Bailey

Cole Bailey: I hope to have my own livestock. I hope to be able to grow the best cows.

Braden Bone: In ten years, I see myself owning my own land for my herd.

Richard Crowell: In 10 years, I plan to have an Angus farm and produce quality beef. I also hope that I can continue to learn by going to classes and growing my knowledge. I also want to be a member that Is continuing to improve the breed of Angus cattle.

Brock Bailey: I see myself having more cattle.

Seth Greenwell: I see Mr. Marty still being head of the business, but eventually turning the lead over to his son.  In time, there may be less show and more breeding and selling.

Asa Greenwell: Allison Farms is definitely growing.


How will you continue to improve and grow your operation, and leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

Graydon Allison: I intend to leave my footprint by raising the best herd.

Cole Bailey: I will keep learning new and better ways to be on my own.

Braden Bone: I plan to leave my footprint by continuing to breed for the best genetics. I also hope to produce a highly desired bull and continue the effort to maximize crops.

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Braden Bone

Richard Crowell: I will buy cows with good genetics and then start producing my own. I hope to be able to make each cow better than the one before. I also plan to become a master beef producer and produce good quality meat. I also plan to have my own annual cattle sale and sell cattle that will help others grow their herd.

Brock Bailey: I will improve by working with my show heifer. I intend to leave my footprint by continuing to show.

Seth Greenwell: We can improve our operation and leave a positive footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee just by showing cattle as best we can.  It promotes Allison Angus cattle and the Angus Association when we do.

Asa Greenwell: Extra seed and fertilizer.  No, really, through shows and sales. I will leave my footprint by continuing to show.  Those seeing our cattle and seeing pictures of the events we go to smile.  It makes good impressions on people.  It makes them think positively about farms like ours.


What could existing farmers do most to help young producers like yourself?

Graydon Allison: They could teach me how to be a better farmer.

Cole Bailey: They could teach me what they know.

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Asa Greenwell

Richard Crowell: Show and tell us what works for them and how they manage their herds. Pass down knowledge to the younger kids.

Brock Bailey: They could talk to future farmers.

Seth Greenwell: Keep taking time to help kids learn.  Support young showmen by spending time with them, teaching them, and physically lending a hand when they need it.

Asa Greenwell: Keep helping us learn and showing us that working cooperatively with other farms helps everyone.

 


What is your favorite beef dish?

Graydon Allison: Applebee’s 6oz sirloin & shrimp parmesan.

Cole Bailey:  SteakAA group 5

Braden Bone: Filet mignon

Richard Crowell: My favorite dish is a ribeye cooked medium with just salt and pepper for seasoning.

Brock Bailey: Steak

Seth Greenwell: Grilled sirloin

Asa Greenwell: How could I choose?


Owner, Marty Allison, and Megan Tarpy guide the Allison Angus boys in their showing endeavors.

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A skill-a-thon group study session for the Allison Angus crew.

 

 

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Maximize Farm Profits With Cost Share Program

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Tennessee farmers and producers have the opportunity to expand their operations, increase farm efficiency, and make a positive economic impact in their communities with the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).

The 2018 TAEP application period has been set for Oct. 1 – 15. The program was established in 2005 to provide cost-share dollars to agricultural producers for the purpose of making long-term investments in Tennessee

farms and communities. Since then, more than $152 million has been invested in more than 51,300 producer projects.

“This program does more than increase farm profits,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Each TAEP dollar generates nearly $4 in local economies. We appreciate the support from Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly as this program continues to strengthen our state’s number one industry.”

Producers can apply for a variety of programs and qualify for up to 50 percent cost share. Producers should use Application A for livestock equipment, genetics, hay storage, livestock solutions, livestock working facility cover, and grain storage.

A separate Application B is available for the Producer Diversification program. That program assists farmers with investments in agritourism, fruits and vegetables, honey bees, horticulture, organics, and value-added products. Producer Diversification applications are competitively evaluated by industry sector. Application C is available for commercial poultry growers.

Approval notifications are scheduled to be mailed in mid-December. Program purchases can be made starting October 1, 2018 and must be completed by the program’s final reimbursement request deadline. Participants are encouraged to make purchases and submit reimbursement requests in a timely manner to avoid processing delays.

To ensure accuracy, producers are encouraged to work with their local extension agent or a TDA representative to complete the application. For more information about the program and for an application, visit www.TN.gov/taep or call 1-800-342-8206.

Meet the Future Monday: Jana Owen of Lincoln County, Tennessee

This week’s Meet the Future Monday is a true ‘farm-girl’ at heart. Jana Owen of Lincoln County, Tennessee has a genuine passion for raising cattle and educating others about the industry through her hard-work and willingness to learn. Read our Q&A with Jana below to learn more.

Q: Describe your operation

Owen2A: On our family farm, we raise and show registered Shorthorn cattle and Boer goats located in Taft, TN, Ardmore, TN, and Elkmont, AL. My family purchased my great-grandparents’ farm in Taft in 2005. Currently, we have 18 cows who are bred to calve this fall. I can’t wait to see what next year’s show heifers will be like.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

A: As a 4th generation cattle farmer, it was natural for me to love growing up on the farm. From milking my Pawpaw’s dairy cows by hand a few times to showing in pee-wee showmanship at the county fair, I have always loved cattle. I always enjoy checking the cows during calving season each Fall. I love getting to see my old show heifers calve and see if it’s a bull or heifer. Walking up to newborns when they are just a few hours old is always so precious! I enjoy watching my calves grow into successful show heifers and momma cows.

Q: Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

A: My dad, Dan Owen, has had the biggest influence on me and my passion for agriculture. He grew up on a dairy farm where they milked about 60 cows. He showed dairy cattle through 4-H and FFA. When he got older, he purchased a couple of Shorthorn heifers and started our farm. He has always encouraged me in everything I participate in with 4-H and FFA. He is the best teacher because he has taught me almost everything I know about livestock. He is a successful and amazing coach to all the judging teams I have been on. He works very hard in our Lincoln County 4-H program to help youth grow and succeed. He has spread his love for agriculture to me, and I appreciate that a lot.

Owen3Q: What are you most passionate about in your business?

A: I think it’s very important to strongly educate the public about our beef industry. Many people and organizations are misinforming the public about how we raise livestock and the “unhealthiness” of meat. They have convinced thousands of people to become vegetarian or vegan and losing consumers hurts the agriculture industry. Agriculturists’ voices need to be louder. Consumers need to learn directly from agriculturalists about how meat actually gets on their table and the important source of protein it provides that is vital in a healthy diet.

Q: What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

A: One of the biggest problems I face is time management. With being very involved in church, school work and activities, 4-H, and FFA, it is hard to find time to take care of my animals. In my small amount of free time, I’m most likely washing, leading, feeding, or driving the tractor.

Q: Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

A: In 10 years, I will be 26, so I will be out of college (hopefully graduating from University of Tennessee at Knoxville) and possibly pursuing a career path in the livestock industry. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do just yet, but I do know I have a strong passion for agriculture and would love to carry that into my future. No matter what I choose as my career, I still do want my family to own a herd of cattle. I want my kids to show Shorthorn cattle, so they can gain the same experiences, skills, friendships, and lessons as I did growing up.

Q: How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

A: I will grow our operation by continuing to learn more about genetics and EPDs to select the best cows and bulls to produce calves that will be the most performing in the show ring, on the farm, or on the plate. I will also further develop my knowledge on the healthcare of my animals, so they can be as healthy as possible.

Owen1Q: How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

A: I will make my mark by educating the public more about the quality of beef. I can do my best on informing them about the importance of having beef in their diet. I also have two and a half more years of showing, judging, and raising cattle that I can do to better our beef industry. With my experience and passion, I know I can represent Tennessee’s beef industry well.

Q: What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

A: The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association does a tremendous job of supporting young 4-H and FFA members. They support the State Livestock Quiz Bowl Contest, so students learn about breeds, feeds, meats, healthcare, and nutrition of livestock. They sponsor our Beef Expo every year and provide money for winning exhibitors. They also have the Heifer Initiative Scholarship where youth can apply to receive money to purchase a heifer to show. This scholarship encourages youth to be more involved in the beef industry. Farmers across the state of Tennessee can do their part in aiding the future of agriculture by supporting opportunities like these, 4-H, and FFA. By supporting 4-H and FFA, you can help keep youth involved in the agriculture industry. Thank you so much to everyone who supports future farmers!

Q: What is your favorite beef dish?

A: From beef jerky to hamburgers to steaks, I love all things beef, but one of my favorites would definitely have to be a fresh hamburger from our farm grilled by my dad. Now, if we are going to a steakhouse, you will probably find me having a good New York strip with a loaded baked potato on the side. Yum!

 

FIVE on Friday: Tennessee State Fair Top 5 Females

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The annual Tennessee State Fair beef cattle events were held Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 9th in Nashville, Tennessee. The weekend ended with the selection of the Champion of Champions and top five females. In this week’s FIVE on Friday, we highlight the top five females selected at this year’s State Fair.


 

TSF 1 Overall

Dylan Inman exhibited the Champion All Other Breeds female that later went on to be named the 2018 Champion of Champions female. Congratulations, Dylan!


 

TSF 2 Overall

Kabry Tinin’s heifer, Miss Jackie SRC E102, was selected as the Reserve AOB and Reserve Supreme Female.


TSF 3 Overall

Jake Ozburn’s Limousin heifer was selected as the 3rd Overall Female. Jake also exhibited the Champion Shorthorn, Reserve Chi, and Reserve Limousin females at this year’s State Fair. Good job, Jake!


TSF 4 Overall

Allison Davis exhibited the Champion Red Angus and 4th Overall Female.


TSF 5 Overall

Kaylee Rowlett’s heifer, HIGG Estee 750E, was selected as the 5th Overall Female.


 

Congratulations to all of the juniors at this year’s Tennessee State Fair! The State Fair served as a sanctioned show for the Tennessee’s Top Tier points circuit. Point standings will be updated and made available in the coming days on the TCA website.

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{NEW} Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Outstanding Youth Award

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) will honor two outstanding youth in the Tennessee cattle industry with their new Outstanding Youth Award.  The award will be given in two age divisions, senior and junior. For this award, senior is defined as ages 17 to 21 and junior is defined as ages 12-16 as of January 1, 2018.OYA Graphic2

The award recipients will be selected based on nominations. The nominations must be made by TCA members, county Association leadership, county Extension Agents, and/or Agriculture Educators/FFA Advisors. The nomination period will run from September 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018. Awards will be presented during the annual Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in January.

Nominees should show outstanding leadership in cattle related activities including showing, production, leadership roles in cattle organizations, etc. They should also show other leadership involvement in 4-H/FFA, community service, etc.

More information and nomination forms can be found on the website at, www.tncattle.org/outstanding-youth-award.

Calling Future Cattle Producers: Making the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention Pay Off

Convention InternshipsA fun, rewarding and engaging opportunity awaits college students wanting to attend the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La., Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2019. A team of 18 interns – who are vital to the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry – will gain first-hand experience and be able to interact with leaders of every segment of the cattle and beef industry. They will also be provided with a one-year NCBA student membership.

Eighteen interns will be selected for this opportunity, which is non-paid but provides lodging and meals. They will be assigned to help many different staff members with meetings and events, and should be prepared to handle a wide range of responsibilities, from setting up sessions and distributing handouts, managing the indoor arena, staffing committee meetings to posting on social media. NCBA will strive to provide students time to maximize industry networking.

Students must be able to work Jan. 27 – Feb. 1, 2019 in New Orleans. They must be at least a junior-level college student at an accredited university at the time of application. Preferably they will have a background in, or working knowledge of, the cattle and/or beef industry, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students should be well-versed in all areas of social media.

Interested students must complete a Student Internship Application, and send college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a resume. Deadline for applying is Oct. 10, 2018.

For more information, contact Grace Webb at gwebb@beef.org.

Meet the Future Monday: Savannah Jones of Union County, Tennessee

Devoted, passionate, and sincere are three words that describe Savannah Jones of Union County, Tennessee. Savannah is not only highly involved in 4-H and FFA but also a highly involved young, beef cattle producer who is ready to take her operation to the next level.Jones1

Describe your operation

 I feed out calves that are marketed as freezer beef at local Farmer’s Markets and to the community. I also raise pigs, laying hens, and various types of produce including sweetcorn and tomatoes. I’m in the process of diversifying my operation.

What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?

 I think the best part has been the opportunities and resources I have been fortunate to have, especially as I have gotten older. Being able to spend my childhood showing and judging livestock, raising baby animals of all sorts, and playing outside has really developed me into who I am today. There are certain things we take for granted growing up surrounded by all of this and I don’t think we really realize it.

Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?

 My dad has (hands down) been my biggest role model. He started out milking a few head in a rented barn when he was 18 years old and he’s worked hard to get us where we are now. I hope I can continue to take this operation to new heights.Jones2

What are you most passionate about in your business?

 I think my biggest passion is nutrition. I love science and I love taking care of cattle so nutrition is an obvious favorite for me.

What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?

 There’s definitely a long list but I would say my biggest challenge is finding the time to get everything done. I’m currently serving as the President of my FFA chapter and an Elder Scout on the Eastern Region 4-H All Star Council. I also judge livestock, show sheep, cattle, and pigs, and take honors and dual enrollment classes. Trying to balance everything is certainly challenging but it’s well worth it to get where I want to be.

Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?

In ten years, I hope to be either working as a nutritionist or running my own feed operation.

How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?

One thing I want to do within the next few years is get a permanent record keeping and finance system in place. I also want to make some improvements in marketing.

How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?

I think the best way anyone can leave their footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee isJones3 to give back. I hope to leave mine by leading the next generation of this industry through 4-H and FFA. I teach younger members animal science and coach younger members of my livestock judging team. I hope to one day open a “charity barn” where underprivileged children from Eastern Tennessee can have the opportunity to show cattle.

What could the existing farmers do most to help future farmers such as yourself?

Any older farmer will tell you “You can’t tell these kids a darn thing!” and they’re right. You can tell us all you want but we’ll forget. For that reason, the best way for them to help us would be to write things down. There are certain lessons you can only learn from being in the business for years, the kind of things they won’t tell you in text books. I encourage all experienced farmers to write down those things and give them to younger farmers that are just starting out.

What is your favorite beef dish?

There’s a lot to pick from but I’m rather fond of sirloins.

 

 

FIVE on Friday: FIVE things to do at the Tennessee State Fair!

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The Tennessee State Fair kicks-off TODAY in Nashville! We’ve rounded up (at least) FIVE things you will not want to miss at this year’s State Fair.SF Logo

  1. CATTLE SHOWS—Not only does the State Fair kick-off TODAY but it kicks-off with the best part, the Junior and Open Cattle shows. Did you know the Tennessee StateSF 2 Fair serves as a Roll of Victory Angus Points Show, a Southeast Regional Shorthorn & Hereford Points Show, a Limousin Medal of Excellence Show, a Tennessee’s Top Tier points show? This can only mean one thing… Quality Cattle!
  2. FREE DAILY ATTRACTIONS—Everything from Racing Pigs and Barnyard Animals to Ham Cooking Demonstrations, Nightly Wrestling, African Acrobats, and SO MUCH MORE.
  3. BURGER GRILL OFF—As cattle producers, we are always thinking about BEEF and ways to incorporate it into the community. The Burger Grill Off does just that! The Burger Grill Off will be held on Friday, September 7th at 9:30 and will feature teams of local media personalities.SF 4
  4. FUNNEL CAKE 5K—The 4th Annual Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K will be held Saturday, September 15th. This is a great way to enjoy the fair while promoting healthy living and supporting Tennessee 4-H. It’s not too late to sign up, registration ends September 13th.
  5. MIDWAY RIDES—Of course it wouldn’t be the State Fair without corn dogs, funnel cakes and the MIDWAY. Make time to hit the Midway for some thrill-seeking fun!

There is no doubt there is something for everyone at this year’s Tennessee State Fair. For more information, times, etc. visit, www.tnstatefair.org.

Photos from the Tennessee State Fair Facebook page

 

FIVE on Friday: FIVE Industry Events in September

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September—the start of Fall sale season, Fall Field Days, and so much more! Read below and mark your calendars for FIVE Industry events happening in September!

  • September 6, 2018—CPC Fall Field, Fountain Run, KY—A day filled with food, music, prizes, and youth events to boot. You will not want to miss this industry event. Learn more here.

 

  • September 7-16, 2018—Tennessee State Fair, Nashville, TN— Get your funnel cake and corn dog fix at the State Fair! Specifically, make plans to attend the Junior and Open Cattle Shows that will be held September 7-9. This is the next show on the Tennessee’s Top Tier show point circuit.

 

  • September 15, 2018—Kenneth Ambrose Heifer Scholarship deadline—It’s not too late to apply for this unique heifer scholarship. Visit the TCA website, www.tncattle.org/scholarships, for more information.

 

  • September 18, 2018—Forage + Hay Production Field Day, Spring Hill, TN—This field day will be held at the Middle TN Research and Education Center and cover the basics of quality, nutrition, and economics in hay production. It is FREE to attend, please register to attend by contacting your local Extension office by Monday, September 10th

 

  • Fall Sales Dates— 3, Parker Bros. Females Sale, Bradyville, TN

Sep. 8, Shelby Cattle Co. Dispersal Sale, Columbia, TN

Sep. 24, The Oaks Brangus Dispersal Sale, Grantville, GA

Sep. 27, Ankony Farms Cow Sale, Clarkesville, GA

Sep. 29, Burns Farms Female Sale, Pikeville, TN

 

Opportunities to Attend the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention

unnamedEven though the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is still a few months away, you can apply now for a variety of opportunities to attend. Showcase your poetry skills, work on your resume, or just earn a way to attend. But hurry, application deadlines are quickly approaching!

Cowboy Poetry Contest – Accepting submissions August 1 – September 14.

Scholarship Opportunities – Apply today, applications open.

Intern Application –  Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show interns are vital to the success of the largest annual meeting in the U.S. beef cattle industry.  Our intern positions provide a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience and to interact with leaders from every segment of the cattle and beef industry.  Selected interns must be available January 27 – February 2, 2019 to attend Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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