It seems as though 2013 has flown by, planting drug on with a wet spring, summer was one of the coolest and most beautiful I have ever seen. Now here we are kids are back to school, county fairs are wrapping up, and before we know it harvest will be here. I heard on the radio the other day of a department store that was already playing Christmas music, I am sure many don’t want to think about that. Why don’t we think about some things the little ones will be learning as they head back to school this year. I have heard numerous stories of farm kids (kindergarten seems to be the popular age), consistently going to school and describing (in detail) something fairly graphic from the farm. Now these kids do not mean harm, they are only sharing their story with friends. However, some teachers don’t know how to take it and the child end up in trouble, others try to hide their smiles and simply make a call home to give the parent a chuckle and say well they weren’t incorrect in their descriptions. The point is, maybe we can help our teachers out. The Ohio Beef Council does an excellent job of putting resources out there for youth to learn about beef, but also resources to help teachers put it into their classroom curriculum. One that recently caught my eye was cleverly titled “Is there a Cow in Your Closet?” Sometimes we 2 go day-to-day and forget how blessed we are to have grown up in this industry and how much it contributes to our everyday lives. More importantly how it contributes to the everyday lives of others not in the industry. This particular lesson helps those outside the industry see how much cow they really have in their closets, bathrooms, and kitchens. Help your teachers by assisting with their resources, lead them to www.ohiobeef.org and follow the education tab for more information. Teachers have a thankless job much like the farmer, but they are helping us grow the youth of tomorrow. So this school year help your child’s teacher find the cow in their closet, maybe even in their classroom!
Congratulations to the 2014 Beef Ambassador Team
Contestants from throughout the country vied for a place on this elite
team of agriculture advocates and $5,000 in cash prizes sponsored
exclusively by Farm Credit. Additionally five educational scholarships
totaling $5,000 were given by the American National CattleWomen
Foundation, Inc. and Monsanto.
This year’s contest also hosted a junior competition for youth beef
industry advocates ages 12-16. Twelve passionate contestants vied for cash
prizes, competing in three judged categories: consumer promotion, media
interview technique and issues response. The first place winner was
Katelin Spradley (New Mexico). The second place winner was Madison
Martin (Tennessee), and the third place winner was Phillip Saunders
(Virginia). They all took home checks sponsored exclusively by Farm
Credit for their top scores.
While preparing for this national beef promotion and education
competition, youth across the nation learn about beef and the beef
industry with support from state CattleWomen and Cattlemen’s
associations and state 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 to industry
issues and misconceptions and educate their peers and meal-time decision
makers about beef nutrition, cattle care, safety and more during
consumer events, in the classroom and online.