Contestants across the country vied for a place on this elite team of agriculture advocates, plus $5,000 in cash prizes sponsored exclusively by Farm Credit. In addition, the American National CattleWomen Foundation and Monsanto awarded five educational scholarships totaling $5,000.

This year's contest also included a junior competition for ages 12-16. Twelve passionate contestants vied for cash prizes, competing in three judged categories: consumer promotion, media interview technique and issues response.

First place went to Katelin Spradley of New Mexico, second place to Madison Martin of Tennessee, and third place to Phillip Saunders of Virginia. They all took home checks for their top scores.

While preparing for this national beef promotion and education competition, youth across the country learn about beef and the beef industry with support from state associations and beef councils. The preparation highlights industry issues of current consumer interest. Winners of the state competitions compete at the national level, where they receive additional training.

After the event, the youth ambassadors speak about industry issues and misconceptions and educate their peers and mealtime decision-makers about beef nutrition, cattle care, safety and more during consumer events, in the classroom, and online.  end mark


—From Beef Board news release

The 2014 National Beef Ambassadors, from left, are Rachael Wolters (Tennessee), Emma Morris (California), Tori Summey (Arizona), Sierra Jepsen (Ohio) and Justana Von Tate (Texas). Photo courtesy of Beef Board.