2004-05 Beef Ambassadors

The Beef Ambassador Contest was held at Chico State
on May 8, 2004. It was sponsored by the California CattleWomen, the California Beef Council, and the Northern California Farm Credit.

Photo of contest winners with CCW president and Ambassador chair
Pictured left to right: Joan Hemsted, CCW President; Dallice Wood, 1st place: Heather Clement, 3rd Place; Ann Cochrane, 2nd Place; and Terri Woods, CCW Beef Ambassador Chair.

Photo of incentive winner pictured center
Incentive, Left to right: Holly Foster, California Beef Council; Audrey Denney, 1st Place Incentive, and Terri Woods, CCW Beef Ambassador Chair.
Karen Riley of Tuolumne/Calaveras CattleWomen, not pictured, conducted the Incentive contest.

Beef Ambassador Competition group photo
Thank you to the judges: Greg Lawley, Chief of California Bureau of Livestock Identification; Noelle Cremers, Director of Industry Affairs for California Cattlemen; and Sarah DeForest, Chico State Director of Outreach and Retention.

1st Place: Dallice Wood, 19, Vina
Tehama County CattleWomen – Coordinator Shelley Macdonald

Dallice was born and raised in a ranching family.  She is attending Chico State, majoring in Ag Communications.  Dallice plans a career in the Beef Industry, whether it is raising, selling, or promoting beef. (Dallice placed 3rd in the 2002 CA Beef Ambassador contest, representing Tehama CW and was the 2002-2003 Top Incentive Winner.)

2nd Place:  Ann Cochrane, 19, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen – Coordinator Lindsey Gibson

Ann was raised in a ranching family and has been active in 4-H since 5th grade and in FFA since the start of High School . She received her state FFA degree and was the sectional Star State Farmer.  She is currently a freshman at Cal Poly ; is active in the Collegiate Cattlemen’s Assoc. and recently attended the National CCA/CCW Convention. Ann is majoring in Ag Business and wants to pursue a career in policy as an Ag Lawyer.  She plans to go to law school at UC Davis, with an emphasis in water rights.

3rd Place: Heather Clement, 18, Chico
Butte County CattleWomen
– Coordinator “Sam” Starr and Audrey Denney

Heather graduated from Paso Robles High School in 2003 where she was very active in Livestock Production, Public Speaking, and Judging events through the FFA at the State & National Levels.  She is now a freshman at Chico State University.  Heather plans to major in Ag Education and Animal Science and pursue a career in Beef Production and High School Teaching. (Editor Note:  Heather was on the 1st Place FFA National Livestock Judging Team and went to the International Competition in Scotland.)

Honorable Mention: Kelsianne Jackson, 17, Maxwell   
Glenn-Colusa County CattleWomen – Coordinator Rhiannon Car
Kelsianne is a Junior at Maxwell High School.  She is involved in FFA, HS Rodeo, and FBLA. She is also a Colusa County Jr. Fair Board Member, and volunteers for the American Legion by playing “taps” and singing the National Anthem. Kelsianne plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Equine Science.

Honorable Mention: Jessica Clark, 16, Newcastle
Placer-Nevada County CattleWomen
– Coordinator Marilou Edwards                                  

Jessica is a Junior at Lincoln High School.  She is active in FFA; as a freshman was Star Greenhand, as a sophomore she was Star Chapter Farmer and served as the Chapter Reporter.  This year she is Chapter Vice-President, and is running for Chapter President her senior year.  Jessica plans to go to a Junior College and transfer to Chico or Davis and major in an Agricultural Field. She plans to become either a large Animal vet or a teacher.

Honorable Mention: Steven Pingree, 16, Palo Cedro
Shasta County CattleWomen
 – Coordinator Jaclynn Scrivner and Geneva Drinkwater       Steven is a Junior at Foothill High School, involved in student government and the track and cross-country teams.  He is an active 4_H member and has held many offices at the club level, including two terms as President, and a term as Shasta County All-Star.  He enjoys public speaking to groups  and opportunities to spread knowledge about the beef industry.  Steven plans to pursue a degree in Ag Engineering or Animal Science, with a goal of pursuing career possibilities in agriculture.

Honorable Mention: Lindsay Haupt, 17, Etna
Siskiyou County CattleWomen – Coordinator Gail Jenner                                                      

Lindsay is a senior at Etna High School and has been an active member of the FFA for four years.  She has raised a hog for three years and has won Grand Champion.  She is currently the Vice-President of her FFA Chapter, vice-president of the Senior Class and Secretary of Student Council. She plays volleyball and softball as well. Lindsay plans to attend Sacramento State on a volleyball scholarship next fall.


Image of the California Beef Council logoCalifornia Beef Council
5726 Sonoma Drive.,
Suite A
Pleasanton, CA 94566-7751

The purpose of the National Beef Ambassador Program is to train youth spokespersons ages
16-19 for promotion of beef and the beef industry. Through preparation for the competition, contestants gain knowledge about the beef industry and the importance of beef as an agricultural product, focusing on the positive impact of the beef cattle industry on our economy, our environment, and on our families as producers and consumers.