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Ann Nogan (L) a Pennsylvania farmer and rancher, was recently elected as the new President of the ANCW at the National Cattle Industry Convention in January, 2016. Ann stands with Congressman GT Thompson (R-PA) and Arika Snyder, Pennsylvania’s National Beef Ambassador. rancher, was recently elected as the new President of the ANCW at the National Cattle Industry Convention in January, 2016. Nogan saw the opportunity to serve as president of ANCW as a great way to become more involved in the beef industry and preserve it for up and coming generations, like her two sons on her family ranch. “By taking on a national role, we her family were better able to be supportive of an industry that supports us,” Nogan says. “I fi rmly believe that being a part of your industry means you have to look toward the future, not only in the state but on a national level, and obtain knowledge of what’s taking place in the whole industry.” This attitude refl ects the changes that are currently taking place in the organization. In her upcoming term as president, Nogan is shifting a large part of her focus to developing leadership skills in women and building a strong collegiate presence. “We are focusing on equipping our ladies with the skills they need to work within the industry. There are many careers associated with the production of beef and we need ladies of all capacities to further the industry,” Nogan relates. “It’s a great group of ladies who have great vision; we want to uphold traditions of the past as we look at the future.” While the organization still stands for it’s three main objectives, over the past several years the group has seen the importance of emphasizing leadership in future generations. “Obviously, education and beef promotion are always important but they are part of the bigger picture now,” says Katie Carruth, executive director of American National CattleWomen. “We hope to provide support to women in the greater industry and we view collegiate chapters as a fundamental piece for moving forward because that’s where our future is.” By focusing on developing leadership skills in women, starting at the college level, this organization is not only guaranteed to be a strong, respected voice in today’s industry, but for many future generations. “We need to make sure the next generation of women are encouraged and able to meet the challenges of the world and consumer,” Nogan explains. In order to do so, women across the nation are encouraged to participate in the series of webinars that the organization is developing. They hope that women will take the time to watch these in their local groups and develop ideas from them. All the webinars will be saved on the organization’s website and can be accessed at any time. “We want to make sure they understand what their voice is able to do for our industry”, Nogan adds. “Women are great communicators.” A PARTNERSHIP IS FORMED While large developments are being made in terms of leadership and collegiate networking, the organization still fi nds time to focus on their three main objectives. Recently, the ANCW developed a partnership with the Farm Bureau to focus on developing an agricultural curriculum that can be integrated into schools nationwide. “Together we piloted a program in schools across the nation that introduced a comprehensive ag curriculum. We are hoping it will work ANCW 92 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2016


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