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American National CattleWomen elect new president

Barbara Jackson, Tucson, Ariz., has been elected the 62nd president of the American National CattleWomen, Inc. during the organization's 2013 Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla. ANCW is a voice for women who support and promote the beef industry.

Jackson grew up in the beef industry and is following in the footsteps of her mother, Pat Stevenson, who was ANCW president in 1970. Her roots as a CattleWoman run deep. Her family has owned and operated Red Rock Feeding Company, a 30,000 head feedyard, in southern Arizona since 1964, and today she is part-owner of the operation. Over the years she's served as president of the Arizona State Cowbelles, as Region VI ANCW director, ANCW vice president, and ANCW president-elect. She has also served as a member of the National Beef Speakers Bureau and as a committee member on the National Beef Cookoff and Animal Wellbeing committees.

Jill Ginn, past ANCW president, said, "Barbara has helped blaze the trail for women with a passion for the U.S. beef industry. She is a professional role model, advisor and mentor doing all she can to support this industry with her passion, experience and knowledge. Following in her parent's footsteps--Barbara is a legacy not only for ANCW but for the beef industry as well."

Jackson has a bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Economics from Washington State University. Her career has always connected with the agriculture. She started her career with Syntex, a pharmaceutical company and then she worked as a consultant. Her career with Syntex took her from sales representative to national accounts coordinator to director of public relations and advertising. It was during those career-building years that she met her husband, Tim Jackson. Together they founded Animal Health Express in 1989. The Tucson-based online business sells animal health supplies, tack, livestock equipment and pet supplies.

ANCW's 2013 Executive Committee members are: President Barbara Jackson, Ariz.; President-Elect Patti Buck, Colo.; Vice President Melanie Fowle, Etna, Calif; Recording Secretary Gretchen Groseta, Ariz.; Past President Tammi Didlot, Okla., Region I Director Ann Nogan, Pa.; Region II Director Michelle Boyles, N.C.; Region III Director Penny Zimmerman, Minn.; Region IV Director Desta Crawford, Texas; Region V Director Peggy Biaggi, Ore.; Region VI Director Suzanne Menges, Ariz.; Region VII Director Judy Reece, N.D.; and Parliamentarian Linda Brake, Ariz.

Since 1952, the American National CattleWomen, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization, has used its grassroots volunteer energy to engage and educate consumers about beef and the beef industry. For more information, see www.ancw.org or request information at ancw@ancw.org.

Date: 3/4/2013

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