As a leader within the beef industry, I constantly as myself what it is that I can do better; what it might be that we’re missing within the ANCW. During this year’s Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Arizona (and the months since), I noticed something. We are a quiet force, and we are growing. We Are making a difference. The ANCW had the opportunity to have three young women as our interns for the length of the convention. I asked the three young ladies to give us a taste of what they experienced. Here we are, months away, and these young women continue to make waves within their respective communities and within our industry. Please read on for their CIC experiences…
Texas Aggie Cattlewomen
Joining the American National CattleWomen has been a highlight of my career within the beef industry. I first learned about this amazing women’s organization last year when I attended the ANCW meetings at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Conference and Trade Show last year in Nashville. I loved getting to meet passionate cattlewomen talk about their state and local chapters and building relationships with many of the women in attendance. This year, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as an intern for the ANCW meetings. I enjoyed getting to reconnect and network with all the ANCW members as we came together to talk about the good and the bad in the industry that is near and dear to our hearts. A highlight of my time as an intern was going on the Ag tour and being able to tour a dairy, carrot farm, and US Foods. This year at our meeting I officially began my work on the Ways and Means committee. I am excited to be apart of this committee am ready to get the ball rolling on new fundraising ideas that will benefit the organization.
Attending the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Conference and Trade Show has opened my eyes to the impending problems that face the beef industry. Being able to attend the sessions offered has opened my eyes to the current issues that we face and how industry members are advocating for changes. Members of the Texas Aggie CattleWomen attended the Young Beef Leaders Tailgate the opening day of tradeshow. During that hour I was able to catch up with other collegiates from Auburn and Oklahoma as well as talk with collegiates that I had never met. We were also able to meet our Region IV Young Beef Leader Advisor and chat with him about the work that they are doing to try and bridge the age gap of NCBA attendees. My favorite part of NCBA this year was going to the fiesta. Seeing the Corona Ranch alone was spectacular but there was something for everyone to do from food, drinks, dancing, games and even a hot air balloon. I look forward to GEAUX to New Orleans next year!
Let’s Beef the Hell Outta Cancer! Texas Aggie CattleWomen are selling these FAB(MOO)LOUS t-shirts for $15 to raise money for Relay for Life. Shirts are Gilden brand and will be a safety pink color with sizes ranging from S-3XL. We accept cash and check, as payment and we will ship shirt(s) to you. If you would like to purchase a shirt you can email Texas Aggie Cattlewomen or visit Texas Aggie CattleWomen on Facebook. Please feel free to share with your friends and family so that we can all work together to Beef the Hell Outta Cancer!
“…I encourage others who are pursuing careers, not pursuing careers or already involved in the beef cattle industry to attend next year.” -Callie Jones
If I was asked to choose my favorite event from my Phoenix experience, it would be hands-down the Emerging Beef Leaders luncheon. I was able to sit at a table with three industry professionals as well as other college students from around the United States. We had an amazing speaker, Bruce Vincent, who is part of the logging industry. He used his experiences which logging to show us that through voices and legislation we can continually improve our industry and educate people on the our daily tasks on a farm or ranch.
This was an extraordinary opportunity for me and I encourage others who are pursuing careers, not pursuing careers or already involved in the beef cattle industry to attend next year. I look forward to what we can accomplish together over this year!