Junior Leaders: Apply to Become the Angus Ambassador

Submit an application by June 15 to be considered for the NJAA ambassador position.

njaa_boardThe National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) is beginning its search for the next Angus Ambassador. It’s an elite position that provides an opportunity for a one-year term as spokesperson for the NJAA’s nearly 6,000 members, and connects with cattle producers, consumers and industry professionals nationwide. Applications are available online and must be submitted by June 15.

“As the Angus Ambassador, one junior member is given the opportunity to take his or her passion for Angus cattle to the next level by networking with other Angus producers and beef industry professionals, and by traveling to and attending a variety of engaging events over the course of the year,” says Jaclyn Clark, American Angus Association director of events and education.

Currently serving as the 2015-2016 Angus Ambassador is Will Pohlman of Prairie Grove, Ark. Pohlman is a junior at the University of Arkansas studying biochemistry and animal science. He will apply to medical school in the fall.

“It’s a really beneficial way to make new connections, travel to new places and push the limits of what a junior in the Angus Association can do,” Pohlman says. “It’s a great opportunity to make connections with older Angus breeders as you transition out of the junior program.”

The chosen Angus Ambassador will travel to the following events:

  • American Angus Association Orientation in Saint Joseph, Mo.;
  • Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.;
  • Certified Angus Beef® Building Blocks Seminar in Wooster, Ohio;
  • Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.;
  • Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium and Convention in Athens, Ga.; and
  • Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) Conference in Canada.

Additional and existing travel may vary based on the selected ambassador’s location, schedule and availability.

To be eligible for the Angus Ambassador competition, applicants must be Association members in good standing, between the ages 17-20 as of Jan. 1, who own purebred Angus cattle. They must submit a cover letter, résumé and two essay responses. Applications can be found online.

Pohlman encourages all junior members to apply for the position: “If you’re on the fence about it, go ahead and apply. Definitely get your application together and submit it. It’ll be worth it in the long haul.”

All applications must be postmarked by June 15 and sent to the Association’s Events and Education Department, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506.

Once the applications are reviewed, five finalists will be invited to the Association headquarters on July 21 to participate in the final round of competition, which includes an interview and formal presentation with a panel of judges. The new Angus Ambassador will be chosen at the conclusion of the day.

For more information, please visit the NJAA website at www.angus.org/njaa.

 

About the National Junior Angus Association

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for more than 6,000 active members nationwide.

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Mark Your Calendars for SE TN Beef Summit

SETN Beef Summit Flyer3 2016-2Beef production, management, and marketing, current U.T. forage and beef research, and updates on new technology and equipment for the beef industry are topics to be discussed during the Southeast TN Beef Summit on April 29 at the McMinn County Expo Center in Athens. Registration check-in begins at 8 a.m., with 35 minute educational sessions from 8:40 to 11:55 a.m. Speakers from the University of Tennessee, DV Auction, and True Test will be conducting the morning sessions. Along with the sessions, the summit will host the largest beef trade show in southeast TN. The morning sessions will be followed by a catered lunch, Corbitt Wall of DV Auction will give the keynote address after lunch.

Topics for the program will include: 2016 market outlook, electric fencing considerations, feeder calf management/marketing, freeze branding demonstration, UT research updates, and the trade show. For more information and flyer go to https://extension.tennessee.edu/mcminn.

The program will be held at the McMinn County Expo Center (inside Athens Regional Park), Athens, TN, on April 29, 2016. The Expo will begin at 8:00 AM and conclude at 2:00 PM.

Pre-registration is required by April 22, 2016. For a flyer or registration information, you can contact your local UT Extension office or UT Extension – McMinn County at (423) 745-2852 or UT Extension – Meigs County at (423) 334-5781.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu. This program, like all UT Extension programs, is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status.

Contact:  

Tim Woods, County Director – UT Extension – McMinn County, (423) 745-2852, hwoods1@utk.eduSETN Beef Summit Flyer3 2016

USDA Grant Writing Workshops Announced for April

UT AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville

Producers, Extension agents, farmers market managers, local governments and groups interested in connecting agricultural producers and consumers through local food systems are encouraged to attend grant writing workshops in Nashville and Memphis this April. Joseph Donaldson, an assistant professor of agricultural leadership and education with University of Tennessee Extension, says the enormous interest in local foods has prompted the USDA to offer grants to strengthen local and regional food systems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing Service is making more than $26 million in grant funding available through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The grant writing workshops are being presented to help potential applicants with the grant process. The grant funds are competitive and will be divided equally between the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). FMPP grants support direct producer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands and agritourism. LFPP funding supports projects that develop, improve and expand local and regional food business intermediary supply chain activities, including processing, distribution, aggregation and storage of locally or regionally produced food products.

These workshops will focus on effective grant writing strategies for these programs and the skills learned will also be useful for applying to other USDA grant programs. The Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program workshops are open to all individuals.

The workshop will be repeated in two locations:

·         *    Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Agricultural Information and Technology Building, Tennessee State University, 3500 John A.     Merritt Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee

·         *    Friday, April 8, 2016 – Agricenter International Amphitheater, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee

The workshops will begin with check-in and networking at 9:30 a.m. Sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. CDT. The training is offered at no cost to participants, and lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required by April 6 as this will allow preparations for lunch and workshop materials to be made. Contact your local county Extension Office to register.

Workshop instructors will be Donaldson, Hal Pepper from the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, and Arvazena Clardy from Tennessee State University.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

·         *    Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program grants

·         *    How to develop an idea for a grant program

·         *    How to prepare a Farmers Market Local Food Promotion Program proposal

·         *    How Farmers Market Local Food Promotion Program proposals are reviewed and scored

·         *    How to prepare the USDA application

These workshops are open to everyone and are especially applicable to:

·         *    Producers

·        *     Producer Associations

·        *     Extension agents

·        *     State and Local Governments

·         *    County Economic Development Councils

·         *    Food Policy Councils

·        *     Farmers Market Associations

·         *    Farm-to-Table/Fork/Other Organizations

·         *    Minority Farmer Associations

·         *    Veterans

·         *    Food Service/Nutrition Professionals

·        *     Groups representing minorities and underserved audiences

 

These workshops are funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and facilitated by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The project is coordinated by the USDA-NIFA Regional Rural Development Centers.

For more information contact Donaldson at 865-974-7371
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu