2005-06 Beef Ambassador

Melissa Green of Butte County is named the 2005
California Beef Ambassador!
Sponsored by the California CattleWomen, the California Beef Council, and the Northern California Farm Credit.

CattleWomen President, Gretchen Johnson is pictured with our California Beef Ambassador, Melissa Green at the CCW Midyear meeting in Sacramento.
California Beef Ambassador Contest photo
May 7, 2005 California Beef Ambassador competition.
seated: l-r  Judges Dr Cindy Daley and Dr Patrick Doyle, CSU, Chico and
Holly Foster, California Beef Council.
back row: Barbara Cowley, CCW Beef Ambassador chair;  Nina Violetti,
Tehama Co;  Jessica Clark, Placer-Nevada Co; Connor Martin, Siskiyou Co;
Katy Teixeira, San Luis Obispo Co; Beef Ambassador Melissa Green, Butte Co;
Gretchen Johnson, CCW President.

California Beef Ambassador, Melissa Green, is pictured center with the
Northern California CattleWomen at the CCW Midyear meeting in July.

2nd Place:  Katy Teixeira from San Luis Obispo County pictured on the left with Lindsey Gibson presenting her award.

3rd Place: Nina Violetti and Honorable Mention: Jessica Clark and Connor Martin


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Official press release.  Contact: Carol Abrahamzon gro.f1524769543eeb@n1524769543ozmah1524769543arbac1524769543 507-724-3905
Amanda Noltz, Mitchell, South Dakota, won the title of National Beef Ambassador for 2006 at the National Beef Ambassador Competition November 3-5 in Austin, Texas.  The competiton was established on behalf of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and state beef councils by the American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW).  The ANCW serves as one of the Beef Board’s contractors for checkoff-funded programs.

Twenty-four contestants from throughout the country vied for the national title and for $4,500 in cash prizes distributed among the top three places and three educational scholarships totaling $2,250 from the American
National CattleWomen Foundation, Inc.  Amanda Nolz received $2,500 cash and a $1,000 college scholarship. Second place to Melissa Green, Arbuckle, California, who received $1,200 and a $750 scholarship.  Third place winner Peter Scharpe, Arlington, Minnesota, received $800 and a $500 scholarship.  Paul Moya, Los Lunas, New Mexico and Amy Berry, Cheyenne,Wyoming received honorable mention awards.

Photos courtesy of Jean Barton
Nolz is a member of FFA, 4-H, Young Democrats and the South Dakota Junior Limousine Association.  She enjoys public speaking, cattle, politics and reading.  Her future plans are to attend South Dakota State University, studying Mass Communications and Political Science.

The National Beef Ambassador Program was conceived in 1988 by the American National CattleWomen, Inc.  In 1990, the Cooperative Extension, National 4-H Program accredited the competition as a national event.  In 1995, ANCW received beef checkoff funding from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to expand the program, which today involves youth ages 16-19.

California CattleWomen with CCW Ambassador Melissa Green
While preparing for this national speaking competition, youth learn about the importance of the beef industry and beef as an agricultural product. The program highlights the positive impact the cattle industry has on our economy and families.  Trained youth ambassadors address industry issues and misconceptions, while they help educate peers, consumers and producers about food safety, nutrition and the beef checkoff program.

Contestants participating in the National Beef Ambassador Competition presented a speech about the promotional aspects of beef, completed interviews with media and beef-industry representatives and attended a checkoff funded educational workshop titled “Spokesperson’s Training”. The workshop was presented by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on behalf of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and state beef councils.

A major grant provided by Shared Solutions Agricultural Initiative of the Altria family of companies, allows national winners the opportunity to travel across the country promoting beef and the beef industry through education in both rural and urban settings on behalf of the American National CattleWomen, Inc; and the beef industry during the coming year. Please visit the National Beef Ambassador web site for full details.

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.