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Wyoming CattleWomen Sets Sights on the Future of Agriculture

Written by Kahla Mills

The Wyoming CattleWomen had a great meeting at the Wyoming Natural Resources Rendezvous at the beginning of December.

The American National CattleWomen (ANCW) President Penny Zimmerman spoke about what is happening on the national level, and one of the programs of note she mentioned is the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program. This program connects three collegiate leaders to the beef industry where they can have unlimited access to leadership, their peers, cattlemen, cattlewomen and beef industry professionals. This is a great program any college student can and should apply for. We are very excited to support this program as Wyoming CattleWomen.

Another program Penny spoke about was the MOOVE – Make Our Outstanding Value Evident – Membership Contest. The MOOVE program is a volunteer, joint effort to grow membership and participation in our state and ANCW. As Wyoming CattleWomen, we are participating in this program and would love to get as many new members at the state level, as well as at the national level. Please help us to reach our goal of two new state members and two new national members. If you would like more information on either of these programs, visit ancw.org.

In other exciting news, one of our Wyoming CattleWomen, Gwen Geis, will be installed as president of the American National CattleWomen in January in Phoenix, Ariz. at our national convention. We are very proud of her representation of Wyoming in ANCW and wish her all the best in what is sure to be an extremely busy year.

As Wyoming CattleWomen President, I have the honor of traveling around the state to see some of the amazing local CattleWomen’s groups and how they promote the beef industry. I am amazed at how much these women do to teach people of all ages about the beef story, from farm to plate. They do a wonderful job of carrying out the CattleWomen mission at the grassroots level.

Many of our county groups help put on agriculture and natural resources expos in their areas, which host third graders and teach them about the agriculture industry that puts food on their plates. The Wyoming CattleWomen have not been able to help fund these events over the last couple of years, but this year, we decided to change that. We have been able to set aside money for each group to help promote the beef industry through grassroots efforts. This is very exciting for us, as there are a lot of children – even in Wyoming – who do not know where their food comes from. These expos teach parents about the beef industry and how it affects their lives, as well as ours.

As a member of the Wyoming CattleWomen, I have learned so many new ways to promote the beef industry. I also enjoy the networking aspect of the CattleWomen and the beef industry in general. I would like to thank all who have and are supporting me on this great journey as Wyoming CattleWomen President.