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Intern selected to promote beef industry

Since 2006 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's AMS Livestock and Seed Program and the American National Cattlewomen Inc. have partnered to offer an annual summer internship in Washington, D.C., for a student who has participated in the beef checkoff-funded National Beef Ambassador Program. Malorie Bankhead, of Livermore, Calif., is this year's recipient. She was selected based on written essays, personal references, and her outstanding achievements promoting the beef industry.

Bankhead is currently a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she's majoring in Agricultural Science/Communications. "Participating in the National Beef Ambassador Program has opened up many doors for me, not only as a college student, but for my future career as well. I'm honored to have received this USDA internship and look forward to working on AMS Livestock and Seed Programs. Spending my summer in D.C. will be very beneficial to my future in the agriculture industry."

The NBAP which began in 1988, selects a team of five young people, ages 17 to 20, to train as future spokespersons and leaders in the beef industry. Sarah J. Bohnenkamp, the NBAP program manager, says, "The NBAP provides a unique opportunity for youth who are passionate about the beef industry to work with and learn from the best of the best of the beef world. The USDA internship is a shining example of the tremendous educational experiences available and with programs like this, I'm certain the impacts the National Beef Ambassadors will make in next generation of ranching and farming will be profound."

Visit www.nationalbeefambassador.org or www.ancw.org for more information.

The American National CattleWomen, Inc., is one of the longest-standing cattle women organizations, established in 1952 as a national, nonprofit organization. It is a voice for women who share a passion for the U.S. beef industry, promoting and supporting the industry while encouraging women involved in beef and related agribusiness.

The National Beef Ambassador Program is funded in part by The Beef Checkoff Program (www.MyBeefCheckoff.com). The Beef Checkoff was established as part of the 1985 farm bill and assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

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