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Minnesota Beef Ambassadors announced

The Minnesota CattleWomen are proud to announce that Shelby Schiefelbein (Kimball), Maria Weber (Lake Benton) and Laura Stobb (Milaca) were chosen as the 2013-2014 Senior Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team at the annual Minnesota Beef Ambassador competition.

The competition was held at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, in conjunction with the Minnesota Beef Expo Oct. 17-20.

There were 10 senior contestants ages 16-19, who were judged in the areas of consumer event, media interview technique, and issues response. Shelby Schiefelbein was chosen as the senior lead winner and is eligible to compete in the National competition next year in Denver, Colo.

This year’s contest also hosted a junior competition for youth beef industry advocates, ages 13-15. Five contestants were judged in the same three categories as the older group.

The first-place winner was Sydney Zehnder (Stanchfield) and the second-place winner was Abbey Schiefelbein (Kimball).

Contestants from throughout the state competed for a place on this team of agriculture advocates, and a $500 cash prize, sponsored by the Minnesota State Cattlemen, will be given to the winner, Shelby Schiefelbein.

Additional scholarships totaling $650 will be given by the Minnesota CattleWomen and the Minnesota Beef Council to be divided among the other team members.

During the competition, Colleen Zenk from the MN Beef Council went over the MN Beef Ambassador Team Handbook, expectations and beef materials that they could use when doing a classroom presentation, which is required on the state and national level.

Following the competition Sara Colombe, a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador with the National FFA Program gave a short workshop to everyone,”Now What?” aimed toward the contestants to know now what they should do after the competition.

While preparing for the Minnesota Beef Ambassador competition, contestants learn about beef and the beef industry with support from their families, Minnesota CattleWomen, Minnesota Cattlemen and the Minnesota Beef Council.

Over this next year the team members are asked to assist at consumer events, prepare classroom presentations and write a media article in their local areas and complete the Master of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program.

During their farewell speeches the 2012-2013 team members, Kelly Morrison, Shelby Schiefelbein, Jenna White, John Morrison and Zack Klaers expressed how grateful they were to have been on the team, and encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities to network and advance their knowledge of the beef community.

Over the year, they were able to tell their beef story and what they did on their farms and ranches on a day-to-day basis to consumers across the state. They encouraged everyone to continue to advocate for the beef industry, as we have lots to be proud of and our voices need to be heard.