South Dakota beef ambassadors selected
August 5, 2015
Have a question about beef nutrition? Need ideas for a weeknight beef meal? Curious about what it's really like to live and work on a cattle ranch? These questions and more are being answered by Beef Ambassadors through consumer promotions, media interviews, social media interactions and more.
The 2015 South Dakota Beef Ambassador Contest was held on July 24 in Huron, South Dakota in conjunction with the South Dakota Summer Spotlight. Hosted by the South Dakota CattleWomen and sponsored, in part, by the Beef Checkoff Program, the Beef Ambassador program aims to train youth spokespersons to represent the beef cattle industry in the state of South Dakota.
Kaley Nolz of Mitchell won the 2015 South Dakota Beef Ambassador title and will compete at the national event in Denver, Colorado, this September. Meanwhile, Brianna Buseman of Canistota was selected to serve in 2016 and will compete to be on the national team this January in San Diego, California.
Bridger Gordon of Whitewood won the junior division, and it was a tie in the beginner division between Bennet Gordon and Ella Stievfater
"This year's contestants had an impressive knowledge of the beef industry, and they all have hands on experience – both working with cattle and being advocates," said Calli Pritchard, a former Beef Ambassador who will mentor this year's winners. "These contestants are well on their way to be successful leaders within the beef industry."
This will be Pritchard's first year mentoring the ambassadors, but she's looking forward to being a part of the program once agian.
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"As a past ambassador, I am honored to become the new coordinator for the state beef ambassador contest," she said. "I will be meeting with our senior contestants weekly, to conduct mock interviews, go over current events within the agricultural industry, perform consumer promotions and be involved in local classrooms and media. Both senior ambassadors are students at South Dakota State University (SDSU), so we will utilize the opportunities available on campus and within the Brookings community."
Nolz says she is looking forward to serving the beef industry, following in her sister's footsteps.
"I'm so excited to promote beef and compete for a spot on the national team," said Nolz, who is a sophomore at SDSU studying agriculture business. "My sisters Amanda and Courtney both participated in this program, and my family has been involved in the beef business for generations, so it's definitely in my blood to be an advocate for the cattle industry that I love."
For more information the Beef Ambassador Program, check out http://www.sdbeef.org.
–S.D. Beef Industry Council