We are pleased to recognize Maggie Logan, Alyxandra Flott and Jessica Christman, as the 2017 Ohio Beef Ambassadors. The beef ambassador program was created to allow young people with a passion for cattle to have a platform to promote cattle and healthy meat. These three young ladies are great examples of that. Maggie is a student at Northmor High School and is from Mansfield, Ohio. Alyxandra is from Waynesburg, Ohio and is a student at Ohio State. Jessica is from Canton, Ohio and is also attending Ohio State.
The Ohio Beef Ambassador Program (OBAP) provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef industry. The Beef Ambassador Team will promote the beef industry as they develop skills of leadership, communication and self-confidence. The Beef Ambassador Program seeks to educate team members about the beef industry so that they may be better prepared to tell their own story regarding agriculture. The OBAP is funded and organized by the Ohio CattleWomen's Association and the Ohio Beef Council.
OBAP to encourages young people to become involved with the beef industry and develop into the future leaders of the industry by gaining hands-on experience in the areas of education, promotion, and consumer awareness. OBAP promotes the beef industry in a positive and educational manor to consumers and students and encourages youth to wisely use resources to further their education and abilities while presenting beef information to consumers and those interested.
To compete in the Ohio Beef Ambassador Program annual contest, participants must be 18-23 years of age as of January 1 of the competition year. Participants or their families do not need to be actively involved in the beef industry or belong to the Ohio Cattlemen’s or Ohio Cattlewomen’s Association or any other agricultural organization. Upon entrance into the OBAP, contestants must prepare a short statement (30 words or less) outlining their message to consumers. This statement will be used to compliment further performance during the contest to determine the programs strongest contestants. Individuals may compete for a place on the ambassador team as long as they are eligible or until they have been named the winner.
A training session will be a webinar on November 15, 2016. Important information regarding the contest will be provided. Those interested will be contacted with the webinar information.
A few years ago, the OCW decided to transition from the Ohio Queen of Beef contest to the Ohio Beef Ambassador Program. The OBAP program was created to provide an opportunity for youth to share their story of agriculture, and effectively communicate and educate consumers on beef consumption and the industry.