An Iowa couple has created a family atmosphere for the Iowa Junior Angus Association, meriting a national honor at the 2017 National Junior Angus Show held recently in Des Moines. Finding new ways to connect with Iowa juniors is why Chris and Dixie McCormick of Pleasantville were nominated for the Advisors of the Year award through the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). The McCormicks were recognized for their leadership, inclusion and encouragement of youth interested in producing Angus cattle.
“More emphasis has been placed on developing other skills, such as public speaking through speech contests, knowledge of the cattle industry through quiz bowl, and the presentation and promotion of our state association through the poster and scrapbook contests,” says Haley Greiman, first vice president of the Iowa association. “We have grown with the guidance of Chris and Dixie in more than just the show ring.”
Adult leaders working with kids, cattle
The McCormicks were involved in helping plan the 2017 national show in Iowa, leading the junior committees and organizing schedules for the event. Fundraising, contest organization and meal planning were handled efficiently under the McCormicks’ leadership. “In addition, they have put all their efforts into improving the quality of the Iowa Junior Angus Association,” says Greiman.
The NJAA Advisor of the Year Award was introduced in 1980 to recognize the contributions of junior Angus association advisors. Any junior Angus association advisor is eligible for the award.
As a nonprofit organization established in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth and research. The organization has presented more than $2.4 million in youth scholarships since 1998, and has also invested more than $1 million in beef cattle research throughout the past decade. For information call the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or visit angusfoundation.org.
The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving 25,000 members across the U.S. and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit angus.org.
Source: American Angus Association