National Beef Ambassador Program

2012 National Beef Ambassador Team:

Rossie Blinson-North Carolina

Hi!  My name is Rossie Blinson and I'm the 20-year old daughter of Bryan and Beth Blinson of Buies Creek, North Carolina. I'm a a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Agriculture Business Management and minoring in Animal Science. I've been very active in numerous agriculture associations, serving on the National Junior Hereford Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011, acting as Secretary (2009-2010) and as Chairman (2010-2011). I've also been an active member of 4-H serving as a junior leader for the Harnett County 4-H Livestock Club and 4-H Harnett County Council member.  I received the NC Commissioner of Agriculture Award for my achievements on my cumulative records.  I've also been an active member of FFA, NCSU Animal Science Club, and NCSU Young Farmer and Rancher. Aside from my passion for agriculture I also enjoy singing and playing guitar, and I'm now proud to be serving as one of the 2012 National Beef Ambassadors!


John Weber-Minnesota

Hi my name is John Weber and I am one of the lucky few who get the privilege of serving on the 2012 National Beef ambassador team. I am 18 years old and a freshmen at South Dakota State University. There I'm majoring in Animal Science with minors in Ag Business and Spanish. I grew up in St. Paul, MN however I've been involved in the beef industry and agriculture since 7th grade when I was given the opportunity to raise and show two steers at my cousins farm in Sanborn, MN. At the farm in Sanborn my family crop farms and operates a 800 head fedlot. Over the years I have been involved through 4-H by showing cattle at regional and state levels. I was a member of the state 4-H ambassador team as well as the MN state beef ambassador. At school I am involved with Block and Bridle and Little I. I look forward to serving as a member of the 2012 national beef ambassador team!


Arika Snyder-Pennsylvania

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”- Harold R. McAlindon.  Hello, my name is Arika Snyder and I hail from the state where liberty was born, Pennsylvania! I thought I would share a little bit about myself through this first line of my bio and explain how this quote pertains to my life. I am the 9th generation to have lived on my family’s farm, and the oldest of four children in my family. Agriculture has always been in my blood ever since I was able to walk to the barn and feed cows at the age of five. I’d slip on my little rain boots and take my dad’s hand to go on another adventure in the barn. It has been my lifestyle for years and hopefully still for years to come. I was able to be raised in such a wonderful community as well as environment by my parents. By living on the family farm, this gave me the opportunity to participate in my local 4-H clubs, which many of my classmates who had lived in town were not able to do because of space. I was so grateful each and every day to have been given an opportunity to live on a farm and enjoy every piece of the land. It’s hard to imagine, but sometimes I wonder where I would be if I hadn’t grown up on a farm and where I’d go. But going back to the quote earlier, I learned that although the rest of my classmates seemed to follow one another by being involved in the same activities, I decided to take a leap and follow my heart in agriculture. As the quote states, “Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”, I have done just that.  With the new position as one of five National Beef Ambassadors I hope that I can find my own path in this vastly growing world and find a purpose most meaning to my life and others. I want to leave a trail for others to follow and to impact others potential viewpoints rather than be a mediator for arguments. I would like to be the difference or change in a certain situation.

The beef industry is still fairly new to me, but I hope with time it will grow on me and make learn as a person not only about the industry but also as a person.  But I digress; currently I am attending the Pennsylvania State University as a sophomore declaring a major in animal science, science option and a potential minor in international agriculture.  I am a fun loving girl who loves her time at the barns with the cattle and sheep which are also another love of mine as well as being very studious. Currently I am Penn State Altoona’s AG CLUB president as well as being involved as being a tour guide and contributor to THON. THON is a Penn State student run philanthropy that donates is funds to the Four Diamonds foundation that helps families and children suffering from pediatric cancer. Family and friends are truly important to be because they are those that have molded me into what I am today. I hope that this path that I’ve chosen with the National Beef Ambassador team will let me reach my goals for the year and that I can positively spread the word that BEEF is one powerful protein!! Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have over the course of the year and I look forward to meeting all of you soon!


Kim Rounds-California

Hi there beef industry members, lovers, and followers! I am Kim Rounds and I am so excited to be a member of the 2012 National Beef Ambassador team. I hail from a small town in Northern California. I'm currently attending Colorado State University at Fort Collins, and I'm pursuing a major in both Animal and Equine Science. Both of these subjects are strong passions of mine that stem from a life growing up raising cattle and horses. My family’s roots are deep in agriculture; we strive to share and promote our love for the industry, particularly that of the beef persuasion. My father started our cattle operation when I was about seven, and my passion for the industry has been growing ever since. I channeled that passion through 4-H and FFA in high school, competing in speaking contests as well as showing my cattle across California. As a college student, I am able to share my appreciation for agriculture through CSU’s Ag Ambassador program, the Collegiate Cattle Women, and most importantly, as a National Beef Ambassador. I am so excited to see what this year brings, meet the wonderful people who make this country’s beef industry run, and most importantly, to spread the word of delicious, nutritious beef!


Emily Jack-Texas

Howdy, my name is Emily Jack and I’m a freshman at Texas A&M University. Currently, I am majoring in Animal Science with an equine certificate. My eventual goal is to complete Veterinary Medical School and work as a large animal Vet.  From life experience, I can say that the Beef Industry is full of honest, hardworking individuals who take pride in what they produce and the pleasure that their families and their neighbors- that you and I take in American Beef. I am passionate about researching topics focused on animals which affect humans and our health, such as nutrition and reproduction.  One of my favorite quotes reads as follows: “America's strength is not our diversity; our strength is our ability to unite people of different backgrounds around common principles.” This statement by Ernest Istook so elegantly sums up the framework of American agriculture. A diverse group of people with the same core desires, striving to produce more with less. Devoted to this very principle, I am honored to serve as part of the 2012 National Beef Ambassador team!

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