Angus cattle play a role in every aspect of Lauren Adcock's life. From the farm to the show ring, and the classroom and into the working world, the Moweaqua, Ill., native is a prime example of how National Junior Angus Association members are using their talents to promote the breed.
And, this year more than ever, the Angus business is the center of her attention. Adcock is the first-ever Angus Ambassador and has travelled across the country in the past year representing the Angus breed at major beef industry conferences.
"It is a year of unforgettable experiences," Adcock says. "I gained a wealth of knowledge from an industry and personal standpoint; information I could not have learned in a classroom."
Her year of travel allowed her to step out of her comfort zone, especially when mingling with Angus members twice her age.
"The Ambassador program is designed to allow our young Angus leaders a chance to get involved early in higher levels of the cattle business," says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association's director of junior activities. "This is a great opportunity for youth to get their foot in the door and create a network in the industry they are passionate about."
Selecting the next Angus Ambassador
On July 25, the Association will select a new Angus Ambassador to serve for a one-year term. During that time, the Ambassador will travel to the Association headquaters for an orientation in Saint Joseph, Mo.; the National Angus Conference and Tour in New York; a Certified Angus Beef Building Blocks Seminar in Wooster, Ohio; the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.; the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium and Convention; and the Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders Conference in Canada.
Additional travel options vary on the selected ambassador's location, schedule and availability.
Ambassador applicants must be American Angus Association members, ages 17-20 as of Jan. 1, of good standing and who own purebred cattle. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and two essay responses. More information on the NJAA Ambassador Position application process can be found online.
All applications must be postmarked by June 15 and sent to the Association's Junior Activities Department, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506.