The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) in conjunction with the Ohio CattleWomens Association (OCW) held their annual Ohio Beef Ambassador contest in conjunction with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio on Jan. 23. This program, funded in part by the OCW and Ohio Beef Checkoff, works with youth across the state to connect beef ambassadors with consumers through educational and promotional consumer events, in the classroom and online.
Among the three selected was Samantha Norman of Fulton County. Norman is the 19-year-old daughter of Roy and Anna Norman of Wauseon. She is currently studying Agriscience Education at The Ohio State University, where she is the acting scholarship chair in the Alpha Sigma Upsilon sorority.
Samantha exhibited market hogs and beef cattle in 4-H for eleven years; receiving numerous awards and recognitions at the Ohio State Fair, Fulton County Fair, and Ohio B.E.S.T. Program livestock shows. Her hobbies include working on the family farm, attending various livestock shows, assisting with the Wauseon Travel Softball Program, and enjoying life on campus in Columbus. Samantha is looking forward to serving Ohio’s beef industry in 2016 as an approachable, active, and knowledgeable advocate.
Norman’s teammates include Nick Erf of Huron County and Mackenzie Chamberlain of Henry County. Throughout the year the three will travel to elementary schools and high schools to present beef programs, write frequent blogs on the OBC’s Beef Bytes Blog, present cooking demonstrations at the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair, and aid the OBC in other promotional and educational events.