Update: Time is running out - applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2015.
The National Junior Angus Association is now accepting applications for the Angus Ambassador competition. An elite representative for the Angus breed, the ambassador serves a one-year term as spokesperson for the NJAA's nearly 6,000 members. Applications must be postmarked by June 1.
"The Angus Ambassador position is a unique opportunity for one of our junior members to build upon their passion for beef cattle by interacting with other Angus producers, industry influencers and others throughout a number of events during the year," says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association's director of events and education.
Emma Jumper, Paragould, Ark., is the current ambassador. She's a junior at Mississippi State University double majoring in business administration and foreign language.
"Traveling around my state talking about agriculture and about the Angus industry especially in the Delta, where I live, is an experience that I greatly value," Jumper said. "So many people know what it's like to see cotton and corn and rice being raised, but they are very unsure what it's like to be a rancher. And so, taking that to the next level and being able to do that nationally is very exciting."
While serving in the position, the Ambassador will travel to the Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show in Overland Park, Kan.; a Certified Angus Beef Building Blocks Seminar in Wooster, Ohio; the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Cattle Industry Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.; the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium and Convention; and the Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders Conference in Canada.
Additonal travel options vary depending on the selected ambassador's location, schedule and availability.
To be eligible for the Angus Ambassador competition, applicants must be Association members of good standing, between the ages 17-20 as of Jan. 1, who own purebred cattle. They must submit a cover letter, résumé and two essay responses, which can be found online.
All applications must be postmarked by June 1 and sent to the Association's Events and Education Department, 3201 Frederick Ave., Saint Joseph, MO 64506.
Once the applications are reviewed, five finalists will be invited to the Association headquarters on July 23 to participate in the final round of competition, which includes an interview and formal presentation with a panel of judges. The new Angus Ambassador will be chosen at the conclusion of the day.