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One California girl’s passion for sharing the great story of beef production BY EMYLI PALMER, CALIFORNIA, AGE 16 I FAR LEFT Showing her eighth steer for the very fi rst time, Emyli gives it her best at the Northern Exposure Spring Classic Jackpot. She has since shown this steer with the Red Bluff FFA and in many other jackpots. MIDDLE At this year’s California State Beef Ambassador competition, Emyli had the honor of being selected again, and will serve on the 2017 California State Beef Ambassador team, representing the Northern California region. Here she is holding her custom belt buckle award, with Kern Co. CA Beef Ambassador chair, Erin Rogers. RIGHT Emyli speaks with one of the Tehama County Cattlewomen during the consumer promotion segment of the competition, where competitors are required to answer questions from consumers about beef. JEANA PALMER JEANA PALMER EMMA PETERSON, AGE 15 Education Sensation come from a small town in northern California and have an immense love for anything involving agriculture. I have grown up listening to my parents’ rodeo stories, and my mom’s depictions of how the beef industry was when she was little. Ever since I was a young, starry eyed child, I have been dreaming of one day being just like them. When my brother was old enough to join 4-H, I followed suit, planning to eventually show an animal, but I had several years to go. I was still unsure about what animal species I wanted to show; that is until I went to a showmanship clinic and met a heifer named Brandy. Before that moment of being introduced to Brandy, I assumed that I would show pigs like my older brother. I instantly fell in love with that heifer. I had never shown a calf before, but volunteered to show, and have not stopped since. Nine years later, I am still showing beef cattle, I have started a breeding program, I have served three terms as a Tehama County Beef Ambassador, and am in the beginning of my fourth term. I was twelve when I decided to become a Beef Ambassador. Back then I was a hesitant middle school student with a lot to learn. I had no idea what it took to be a spokesperson for this wonderful industry, but I knew we could use another voice to help tell its story. The local competition consisted of a written response on a controversial issue, an interview, media portion, and a consumer interaction portion with community members as the audience. It took an intense amount of studying! I was selected alongside three of my peers, and we learned so much about the industry, public speaking, and each other. In these past years, I have learned to speak with confi dence, educate others and to show people the heart of our industry. Each year as an ambassador, we have been given the opportunity to compete in the state competition. My second year running, I was recognized as the California State Junior Beef Ambassador runner-up, and had the opportunity to go on to compete in the national competition. In my journey as an ambassador I have been able to work with a variety of different people, and a plethora of age groups, learning many new things along the way. Our team speaks at school assemblies and classrooms, community events, and serves at many local Cattlemen and CattleWomen organizational events. We participate in the CattleWomen’s fashion show, and have put on many clinics, such as fi tting and clipping, and basic nutrition. In all my years as an ambassador, my love for the beef industry has grown, and I hope to continue to serve this industry in the future. To learn more about the National Beef Ambassador Program, check out www.nationalbeefambassador.org 20 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2017


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