The American National CattleWomen's Association recognized Susan Hammons, Romance, AR, as the 2000 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year during its awards banquet Feb. 2, during the National Cattlemen's Beef Association convention in San Antonio, TX. Bayer Animal Health sponsored the award.

Susan has served in all offices of her local and state CattleWomen, including as President of Arkansas CattleWomen. She has been very active on the national level serving as her state's National Beef Cook-Off Chairwoman when the NBCO was hosted in Arkansas, participated in the Taste of Home Cooking Schools, served as ANCW Promotion Chairwoman and presently is Region Director for Region IV. She has also been active in the ARkansas Cattlemen's Association where she and her husband, John, received NCBA's Top Hand Award for selling the most memberships for the association. She also assists the Arkansas Beef Industry Council.

When she is not involved in the beef industry issues, Susan volunteers within her community. She also enjoys gardening and food preservation.

The award is given to a CattleWoman who has excelled at continued beef promotion on the local, state and national levels, while contributing dedication, commitment and support to the American National CattleWomen. Nominees are submitted to a committee who selects the recipient. In 1979, the Sioux City Stockyards presented the first award to the Outstanding CowBelle, Lucy Peiffer of Colorado. There have been 25 awards given during the years and twice there have been dual honorees in the same year.

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