I think it goes without question that my year as a National Beef Ambassador changed my life. Don’t believe me? A quick peek at my social media pages will help you see how much of a priority beef has truly become in my world. From simply growing up on an Angus cattle farm in central Ohio, to having an immeasurable love and appreciation for beef cattle production all around the globe, it’s safe to say that beef production will forever intrigue me. Although I plan to never stop learning about the beef community, this year has certainly taught me a few valuable lessons. Here are the top ten things that I have learned from my year as a National Beef Ambassador.
10. Blue Cheese is delicious; especially on top of a steak!
9. The beef community doesn’t need advocates, it needs story tellers.
8. Asking a person what questions they have will get you twice as far as telling them the answer to a question you assume they have.
7. Delaware Valley College is actually no where near Delaware… it’s in Pennsylvania.
6. It is 100% possible for college students to enjoy beef on a budget.
5. Blogging was surprisingly awesome! I’m excited to say I never missed a single entry.
4. Airplanes and airports generate some of the most interesting conversations about beef; talk about a “captive” audience!
3. It doesn’t matter what “kind” of beef a producer decides to raise, whether it is conventional, organic, natural, grass-finished or grain-finished. Beef is beef, and all areas of the beef community should support and praise one another for providing such a wholesome and delicious product to a variety of consumer groups.
2. The young people in today’s industry are going to continue to make progressive and innovative changes to the beef community and agriculture, as a whole. I am so impressed by the ambitions and goals that today’s young agriculturalists have set for themselves, and I look forward to crossing paths with them again one day.
1. No matter where life takes me, I will always be devoted to, and connected with, the beef community.
The experiences, lessons, and memories from this past year will continue to drive my passion for the beef community. While I close this chapter of my journey, I can’t wait to see what my next beefy adventure will entail!
Thanks for tuning in!
All For the Love of Beef,