NJAA Internship Deadline Oct. 15

The National Junior Angus Association selects an intern to serve January through August.

13_14_NJABThe National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) offers an extended internship position for one college student each year, allowing them an inside look at what it takes to organize youth events across the country. The internship runs from January to August 2016 and allows students to spend eight months assisting with junior activities and traveling to a number of events.

“The extended internship is truly a unique way to gain experience in a real-world working environment,” says Jaclyn Clark, American Angus Association director of events and education. “We’re looking for a detail-oriented, outgoing individual who hopes to make a career working with youth in the livestock industry.”

The deadline to apply for the paid internship is Oct. 15. Aimed toward college sophomores, juniors or seniors, applicants must be enrolled in an agriculture-related major and have the ability to move to Association headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., throughout the entire internship.

Responsibilities include daily in-office tasks, preparations for NJAA-sponsored shows and conferences, working with the Green Coats: Coast to Coast program, and more depending on the intern’s interests. They will also assist with the NJAA website, Directions newsletter, National Junior Recognition Program, and other programs available to the NJAA membership.

Travel to the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference and other shows and events is expected.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to Jaclyn Clark, American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506. All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2015.

The January – August internship does not replace the summer-only internship offered by the Association. More details will be released regarding that opportunity later in the fall. For more details on internships offered through the Association, visit www.angus.org.

Scholarship Opportunity, Future Angus Stockmen

Undergraduate students encouraged to apply for the $1,000 scholarship by Sept. 30.

41qxwzc5.40zThe American Angus Association launched the Future Angus Stockmen program earlier this year to help equip the next generation of commercial cattle producers with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. Thanks to generous support from Allfex USA, the Future Angus Stockmen program will award a $1,000 scholarship to a young man or woman involved in the commercial Angus business.

“We are incredibly grateful to Allflex for sponsoring the first-ever scholarship through Future Angus Stockmen,” says Ginette Gottswiller, Association director of commercial programs. “This is a fantastic opportunity for any young cattle producer with an interest in building their future in the commercial Angus business, in addition to the many benefits associated with the Future Angus Stockmen program.”

The winner will be notified in October 2015, and the scholarship presented during the Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show, Nov. 3-5 in Overland Park, Kan. Applications will be judged on the participant’s future agriculture career path, passion for beef cattle and leadership experiences within the industry.

To be eligible, the applicant or applicant’s parents/guardians must have transferred or have been transferred a registration paper in the last 36 months (on or after May 1, 2012). They must also have an affiliate member code or a current membership with the American Angus Association.

Applications are available for download online and must be postmarked by Sept. 30. Reference the application for more instructions on how to apply.

About Future Angus Stockmen

The American Angus Association launched Future Angus Stockmen as an effort to impact young cattle producers through learning and networking opportunities, while also building a bond with the Angus breed and its member-driven organization.

“Our goal with the Future Angus Stockmen initiative is to give young producers who want to play a role in beef production the jumpstart they need to be successful in the business,” Gottswiller says. “Strong skills in communications, marketing, data analysis and business planning are critical in our industry’s challenge to produce quality beef.”

Future Angus Stockmen is aimed toward college-age or recent graduates who want to raise high quality Angus-based commercial cattle. The program will offer educational opportunities that teach participants how to thrive in the cattle industry, social networking to connect them with fellow producers and leadership development to instill an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to improve their businesses.

Enrollment forms are now available online, and can be completed at any time.

There are two options when enrolling in the Future Angus Stockmen program. Participants can choose to enroll 15 or 30 head, and receive substantial cost savings for valuable programs, such as GeneMax Focus™ DNA tests, AngusSource® or AngusSource Genetic, and MaternalPlus® or Beef Record Service enrollment.

For more information on Future Angus Stockmen or the scholarship opportunity, visit www.angus.org.

Scholarship Opportunity for Youth Interested in Simmental and SimAngus

Scholarship Ad-small.inddApplications are being accepted for the Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship, an ongoing scholarship program affording youth interested in the beef business to own a registered Simmental or SimAngus heifer. Founders Neil and Christopher Martin of Martin Farms in Lyles, Tenn. started their Heifer Starter Kit program in 2006, enlisting additional donors in 2012 when the program was renamed after their late friend and mentor, Kenneth Ambrose. Ambrose was a former University of Tennessee agricultural extension agent and a great enthusiast for the 4-H youth livestock program.

“Kenneth was directly responsible for a lot of kids’ involvement in 4-H, and he fueled their accomplishments by coaching them toward success,” says Christopher Martin. “Our goal is to recognize and remember Kenneth’s spirit and enthusiasm toward youth and agriculture and to encourage that same type of involvement and success.”

Since 2012, additional heifers have been donated by Slate Farms & Cattle Co. of Vanleer and Water’s Edge Farm of Franklin, both guest consignors at Martin’s Open House at the Farm production sale where the scholarships will be awarded September 25th. Scholarship finalists will be chosen based on a written application and a special project chosen by the applicant and related to the production or promotion of beef cattle. All finalists will be invited to Martin Farms for panel interviews, and winners are chosen based on composite scores.

Additional donors who support the initiative include Performance Feeds; ABS Global; Barry Ellis and Accelerated Genetics; Genex Cooperative; Select Sires; Patricia McDougal AI Services; Cattlemen’s Choice Genetics; Farm Credit Mid America; Mix 30 Liquid Feeds; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association; and Jane Herron State Farm. A semen and embryo auction will take place prior to Martin’s Open House to raise funds to help alternates purchase a heifer of their own.

Those interested in applying should visit Martin Farms online at MartinFarmsBeef.com or contact Chris Martin by email at martin.farms@yahoo.com or by phone at 931-580-6821. Applications will be due September 19.

Internship Opportunities Available for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show

15932472423_5528a2b0f9_kApplications are now being accepted for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show internships. If you are a college junior or above and are interested in being a part of the cattle industry’s largest event you are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, a passion for the cattle and agricultural industry and the ability to travel to San Diego Jan. 25-30. NCBA President, Philip Ellis, said this internship is a great opportunity for college students to gain first-hand experience and network with leaders from every segment of the cattle and beef industry.

“Convention interns will benefit from a behind the scenes look at the cattle industry’s most prestigious event,” said Ellis. “The skills they are able to take from their experience and the contacts they make during this internship will last a lifetime.”

16526629026_2cc7fd2ea2_oCattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show interns are vital to the success of the event and a valued member of the team. Student interns will help many different NCBA staff members with a variety of meetings and events. Students should be prepared for a wide range of responsibilities from overseeing committee sign-in to working closely with the NCBA Political Action Committee and Cattlemen to Cattlemen television program.

“In addition to working with leaders in the cattle industry, the convention internship gives student the opportunity to meet and work with other young people from across the country,” said Ellis. “I would strongly recommend anyone who is interested to apply for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

Applications for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show internship are due by Oct. 1. For more information and to apply click here or go to www.BeefUSA.org and click on careers. Apply today and get ready to Set Sail for San Diego.