May 10, 2013
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Protect the Harvest Supports Activities at the 2013 National Junior Angus Show
Protecting America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers is a common goal the American Angus Association®, Angus Foundation and National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) share with Protect the Harvest, an organization with a mission to fight back against the radical animal rights movement and defend American families, farmers, animal owners and sportsmen.
This commonality in views makes Protect the Harvest and its involvement in the 2013 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) an exciting opportunity for Angus youth. Participants at the NJAS can look forward to receiving Protect the Harvest welcome bags complete with information about the organization upon arrival. In addition, Protect the Harvest will put on an educational event that will take place on Monday, July 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Wagstaff Theater. The event will feature ways to advocate for and protect the future of agriculture.
“It's important for us to reach out to and support the next generation of American agriculture, because more and more consumers are becoming further removed from the farm,” says Brian Klippenstein, executive director for Protect the Harvest. “It will one day be the responsibility of the younger generation, as American farmers and ranchers, to confidently educate the public about agriculture, stand up against increasing pressures from environmental and animal rights extremists, and defend our freedoms from intrusive government regulations.”
Protect the Harvest will also sponsor two scholarships at the NJAS, each worth $250. These will be awarded to the winners of the Career Development Contest Senior Division (ages 18-21) and Intermediate A Division (ages 16-17).
The Career Development Contest helps NJAA members build a resume and improve their interviewing skills. Through participation in the career development contest, junior members learn organization, communication, preparation, impromptu thinking and social skills. Juniors interested in participating should submit a resume and job description by May 25, to the American Angus Association Junior Activities Department, 3201 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506. Juniors must be at least 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2013. A 10-minute interview at the NJAS is also scored to determine the winner in each division.
“Protect the Harvest provides a great opportunity for juniors to receive scholarships for the career development contest,” says Robin Ruff, American Angus Association director of junior activities. “Protect the Harvest is out there to educate young ag enthusiasts, and the career development contest teaches professionalism, communication skills and one-on-one communications that will be helpful in advocating for agriculture.”
For more information about the Career Development Contest and other contests, log on to www.njaa.info.
More about Protect the Harvest
Protect the Harvest has three main objectives: 1) Inform America’s consumers, businesses and decision-makers about the true agendas and potential consequences of animal rights groups, like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS); 2) Protect our freedoms and way of life by creating lasting legal safeguards for farmers, animal owners and sportsmen; and 3) Respond to the activities of animal rights extremists by opposing their efforts to pass laws or enact regulations that would restrict the rights and freedoms of American farmers, animal owners and sportsmen.
Forrest Lucas, Chairman of Protect the Harvest, is the founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. Lucas is also the owner of Lucas Cattle Company, a 16,000-acre cattle ranch located in Cross Timbers, Mo., which is home to more than 1,200 registered head of Angus and Simmental, as well as 800 commercial cattle.
- SimilarThe Angus Foundation was 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, log on to www.angusfoundation.org or call 816-383-5100.