Introducing our 2018 Arizona Beef Ambassadors

Youth have a unique voice when it comes to sharing the positive story about the beef industry and the 2018 Arizona Beef Ambassador contest focused on finding the new voice for Arizona. These individuals have the opportunity to interact with consumers on multiple levels where there is a growing desire to understand where and how food is produced. This program gives youth a chance to learn how to have conversations with consumers about beef producers who take care of the land and utilize it in an environmentally friendly and efficient way to create a healthy and nutritious protein source.

The contest was open to youth ages 14 to 20. The Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest provides participating youth with the skills and information needed to educate consumers and fellow students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef community. Contestants competed in four categories including Consumer Promotion, Media Interview, Issues Response and a Youth Classroom Presentation.

Previous junior ambassador Kailee Zimmerman (pictured right) from Waddell, Arizona won the senior division. Kailee is a 5th generation Arizonan and her family has ranched in Arizona since it was a territory. She is an active member of the 2T Ranch Show Team and the Trivium FFA Chapter and found her passion for agriculture through raising and showing livestock. Her zeal for promoting American agriculture, especially the beef industry, has led her to pursue becoming an agricultural lawyer so that she can defend and advocate for this invaluable industry.  Kailee looks forward to sharing about the "Pasture to Plate" story as well as about the amazing people involved in the beef community around the state. 

Alexandra Pallanes (pictured left) of Patagonia, Arizona will serve as junior beef ambassador. Alexandra is 16 years old and will be a junior attending Patagonia Union High School. She has been involved in 4-H for 8 years and is the current President of her Mustang Club. Alex is also very involved in FFA where she will serve as vice president for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. She’s shown pigs and goats for 7 years, enjoys team roping, and is also on a skillathon team that will competing at the national FFA convention in Kentucky in November.  

For more about the Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest and past winners, visit here. >>>