In the final episode of the season, I Am Angus will celebrate the country's rural heritage by sharing the stories of Angus ranchers and farmers —and the people who prepare their product for consumers.
The episode, which airs at 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST) Thursday, March 8 on RFD-TV, is titled "A Day in the Life of America." The program is produced by the American Angus Association and will show the full spectrum of people whose lives are defined by Angus cattle — from mountain ranch to Texas restaurant.
"This program marks the sixth and final show for us this winter," says Eric Grant, Association director of public relations and communications. "It's been a great journey for our team to share these stories with our audience. We're not only including segments that have never been seen before, but we'll also re-air some of our more popular segments to cap off the season."
I Am Angus focuses on the heart of the cattle business — its people, their heritage and why they've chosen to be involved in agriculture. The documentary series explores each sector of the industry and how animal agriculture meets the challenge of feeding a growing population.
Featured in the March 8 episode are:
· Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton, who will discuss the importance of freedom —and why we owe our veterans and those currently serving in the military a great debt of gratitude.
· Executive Chef Ric Rosser, Saltgrass Steak House of Houston, Texas, who talks about the history of the restaurant and why the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand has improved customer satisfaction.
· Lifelong cattleman Jerry Helgren, Lake Villa, Ill., who shares his story of how he became an Angus breeder — and how a calf can impact the life of a child forever.
· The Williams family of Milan, Ga., whose experience in showing a heifer at last summer's National Junior Angus Show continues to shape their lives and benefit their children.
· Boots O'Neal of the 6666 Ranch of Guthrie, Texas, who has spent his life as a cowboy working to raise quality cattle and great-tasting beef for consumers.
· Tom Williams, Chappell Feedlot, Chappell, Neb., who talks about the cattle-feeding industry, and why his company is committed to raising CAB quality beef.
· Executive Chef John Doherty, who managed New York's Waldorf=Astoria for three decades and now owns and operates Wolfpack Hospitality, discusses the importance of quality to the success of the restaurant business.
· Jay Coble, BJ Angus, Rhodes, Iowa, talks about his use of the Igenity Profile for Angus — and why DNA technology levels the playing field for small producers.
· Paul and Christine Miller, owners of Miller Cattle and Feedyard, Torrington, Wyo., share the story of their feedyard — and why they like feeding cattle for the CAB brand.
· Lynne Sherrod, a rancher from Collbran, Colo., who discusses the important role ranchers play not only in feeding the world, but also protecting open spaces.
· Steve Howard, owner of the Cozy Inn, Salina, Kan., shares the colorful history of his restaurant, one of America's most popular burger joints.
· The inspirational story of Clinton Laflin, Olsburg, Kan., who aspires to be an agricultural advocate – and to continue his family's legacy in the Angus business.
I Am Angusis sponsored by the Igenity Profile for Angus. The program airs on RFD-TV, which is distributed by more than 625 cable operators. The network can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. Check local listings for more information.
To watch segments from past episodes, visit www.angus.org.