July 21, 2015
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Inspiring Youth, Black Witch Farms
Ed and Wilma Minix acknowledged as 2015 Honorary Angus Foundation inductees for incredible support to Angus youth.
Wilma and late husband Ed Minix of Black Witch Farms, Athens, Ga., built a successful registered Angus operation from the ground up. With no prior experience in the Angus business, they learned the ropes together and made a network of friends in the Angus community.
Most recently, Wilma has generously given back to Angus youth and the future of the breed by supporting the Angus Foundation.
To recognize their dedication, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) inducted Ed and Wilma Minix into the Honorary Angus Foundation during the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Tulsa, Okla.
“The personification of southern hospitality, Ed and Wilma always made you feel welcome, and genuinely appreciated you taking the time to visit their farm and view their herd,” said David Gazda, American Angus Association® regional manager. “No one is more deserving of such recognition than this gracious and caring couple, Ed and Wilma Minix.”
In honor of Ed, Wilma has been a loyal contributor beginning with the purchase of the first granite planter in the Building an Angus Legacy project for $7,500. Now, when arriving at the American Angus Association headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., the Black Witch Farm logo is among the first to been seen etched into a granite planter near the building’s entryway.
In 2014, Wilma established the Ed and Wilma Minix/Black Witch Farm Angus Youth Scholarship and Activities Endowment Fund, which was first awarded in 2014. Additionally, Wilma has named the Angus Foundation as one of three charitable beneficiaries in her estate plans.
“Though the Black Witch program will be remembered for its high quality Angus cattle, what many will always fondly remember was the first time they met its owners and the lifetime friendship that followed with this personable couple,” Gazda said.
Wilma Minix, unable to attend the 2015 NJAS, was honored with the Honorary Angus Foundation award during the NJAA’s recent Raising the Bar Conference hosted April 10 in Athens, Ga. The National Junior Angus Board and junior members were present for the announcement and recognition of her award. Steve Pass, a family friend, was present at the 2015 NJAS to represent Ed and Wilma.
Ed and Wilma Minix were honored along with fellow 2015 inductees Gordon and Robin Keys, Beaver Dam Farm, Middleburg, Va.; and Thomas and Catherine Chambers, Chambers Angus, Ontario, Ore.
In 1985, the NJAA Board of Directors established the Honorary Angus Foundation to recognize and thank those who have shown incredible support of Angus youth. Seven Angus breeders were honored as the first inductees, and each year the NJAA honors up to three individuals.
Any member of the American Angus Association® is eligible to nominate individuals or organizations for the Honorary Angus Foundation. A complete list of members can be found online.
For more news and information from the 2015 NJAS, visit www.angus.org to find contest results, awards, scholarships and show photos. Backdrop and candid photos will also be available for purchase online at www.photo.angus.org.
Also, plan to tune in to a special episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27 on RFD-TV.
About Angus Foundation
Established in 1980 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support Angus education, youth and research. To learn more about the Angus Foundation and the programs it supports, call the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or go to www.angusfoundation.org.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States 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 www.ANGUS.org.