October 24, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Holly Martin, director of communications
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Cutline: The 2022 Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program interns at the American Angus Association® headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. Pictured from left are Jeronimo Lara, Shattuck, Okla.; Alexis Camara, Pukalaui, Hawaii; Sam Talley, Easley, S.C.; Elise Knapp, Westfield, Iowa; and Sawyer Starrett, Pekin, Ind.
Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program internship and host ranch applications open
Applications for Talon host ranches are due October 31, intern applications due December 1.
The Talon internship program provides college-aged students the unique opportunity to spend their summer on an Angus operation gaining valuable, hands-on experience. Interns gain extensive ranching knowledge while enhancing their skills as advocates for the beef industry. Host applications for the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program internship are due Oct. 31, and student intern applications are due Dec. 1.
“We are thankful for the vision of Cam Cooper in preparing the next generation of leaders for Angus and the cattle industry,” said Jaclyn Boester, Angus Foundation executive director.
The late Camron “Cam” Cooper of the Talon Ranch, Twin Bridges, Montana, developed the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund in 2009 to be a one-of-a-kind educational experience for students.
“It’s exciting to watch our interns grow and flourish each year through the hands-on experiences and mentorship provided by their host ranches,” Boester said.
College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students under the age of 25 and majoring in an agricultural-related field of study are eligible to apply.
“Taking a big step like moving 22 hours away from home is intimidating for sure,” said Garrett Ulmer, Talon intern at Eleven Milliron Ranch in Sumner, Nebraska. “But as long as you work hard and have fun, it won’t be something you regret doing. By taking this step, I’ve gained so much experience — not to mention the memories that will last a lifetime.”
Ulmer studies animal and veterinary science at Clemson University. He developed a passion for the beef industry growing up on a commercial beef operation and showing heifers in 4-H and is a member of the South Carolina Junior Angus Association. Ulmer plans to pursue a master’s degree in animal reproduction or heifer development, and one day hopes to have his own herd of Angus cattle. During his summer in Nebraska, Ulmer took part in cow synchronization and breeding, grazing management and crop and forage production on the ranch.
“By participating in the Talon Internship, I enhanced my networking skills along with technical skills that I couldn’t have learned in a classroom,” Ulmer said.
Compensation for Talon interns is provided by the Angus Foundation through the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund.
Angus breeders and students interested in participating in the program can learn more and apply at bit.ly/AngusFoundationTalonProgram, or contact Boester at JBoester@Angus.org.
— Written by Peyton Schmitt, Angus Communications
About the Angus Foundation
Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth, and research. The organization has distributed more than $4.2 million in youth scholarships since 1998 and has also invested more than $1.3 million in beef cattle research in the past decade.
For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association® is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 22,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by more than 300,000 animals each year. The Association also provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on 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, visit www.angus.org.