Arizona Beef Ambassador Program

Arizona Beef Ambassadors are passionate youth advocates for the Arizona beef industry. The winners are the official youth representatives of the Arizona State Cowbelles (ASC) and the beef community. The senior winner will travel the state sharing the story of beef from pasture to plate with consumers and students and will participate in the national contest. 

The purpose of the program is to provide Arizona consumers and students with positive nutritional, economic and environmental stewardship information related to beef consumption and the beef community. Participants learn how to effectively address issues and misconceptions, accurately share industry practices and promote the versatile uses of beef. 

In addition to receiving recognition for winning the Arizona Beef Ambassador Program, the senior winner receives a $1500 cash scholarship, awarded at the end of their term, and the opportunity to travel to statewide ASC and beef industry events. The Junior Beef Ambassador winner receives recognition and $50 cash award. 

The senior division is open to youth ages 17-20 and the junior* division is open to youth ages 14-16. Contestants under the age of 18 are required to have an adult chaperone. 

2018 Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest

Registration Due: postmarked by April 13, 2018 (emailing the form is preferred)

2018 Contest: April 28, 2018

2018 Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest Rules

2018 Arizona Beef Ambassador Application

Classroom Presentation Report

Classroom Lesson Plan

Classroom Presentation Evaluation

For questions or more information about Arizona's Beef Ambassador Contest, email committee chair, Katy Wright.


Introducing our 2017 Arizona Beef Ambassador,
Tristen Gillespie!



The 2017 contest was held Saturday, March 18 and was open to youth ages 14 to 20. The winner of the senior division is Tristen Gillespie. 

Tristen has been actively involved in many aspects of agriculture since he was a young boy. Gillespie has shown goats, sheep and pigs in the Pinal County Fair in addition to numerous market steers. He brings a diverse set of experiences to his professional toolbox, having worked on a pecan farm, at a tack and feed store, and at numerous dairies around Pinal County. Tristen is attending Central Arizona College and is pursuing a career in Agricultural Education. 

As the senior ambassador, Tristen will assist in promoting beef with Arizona consumers and will also receive a $1,500 scholarship at the completion of his year of service.

Introducing our 2017 Arizona Junior Beef Ambassadors,
Kailee Zimmerman and Connor Sawyer!

Kailee Zimmerman 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. 


Connor Sawyer is an active member of 4-H and FFA. In his free time, Connor enjoys working on the ranch his family helps to manage. He also raises show cattle and exhibits them at his county fair and on the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association (SAILA) circuit. One day he hopes to carry on the family tradition of being a fifth generation cattle rancher. 

Connor will receive a $50 cash prize and will travel to several events to help promote beef this year.


Past Arizona State Beef Ambassadors

2016   Mollimae Griffin
2015   Mackenzie Kimbro
2014    Brooke Griggeory
2013   Tori Summey 
2012   Keili Summey
2011   Kelli Rovey
2010   Cheyenne Robinson
2009   Melissa Turner
2008   Crystal Noon
2007   Caitlin Williams
2006   Nick Lanford
2005   Amber Hruska
2004   Anna Groseta
2003   Nicolette Klump
2002   Caitlin Moss
2001   Ashleigh Beebee
2000   Katy Groseta
1998   Stephanie Wellert