Sweetheart’s Apr. Message

Hello everyone!

What a busy month!! First I went to Lincoln High School in Tallahassee. I got to present to seven of their culinary classes and talk about BEEF! They loved the presentation and seeing pictures of Brahman bulls, real cowboys, working dogs and Florida’€™s beautiful ranches. We discussed nutrition, cooking, myths, and some fun recipes. These are some of my favorite types of events to do.

I also went to two fairs, the first being the Florida State Fair in Tampa. I’m proud to say agriculture was strongly represented there, with booths ranging from the Cattlewomen to milking parlors to make your own orange juice! I helped with the youth beef shows and also rode in the Hillsborough County Ranch Rodeo. I also attended the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame dinner, where six incredible men were inducted. This was one of the coolest events I’€™ve been to. Not only did we have a Fresh From Florida reception and supper, but the inductees had amazing stories and accomplishments in agriculture and helping this great state. I met Dr. Alvin Warnick, an amazing teacher and scientist from the University of Florida who paved the way for modern day genetics and reproduction on cow calf operations. I also met the new president of UF, Dr. Fuchs. The other inductees were Pat Wilson, Robert Blake Whisenant, and Edward, Ferdinand, and Joseph Duda. It was a great night for agriculture! Thank you to the Gills for letting me stay at your gorgeous house!

After that I attended the Osceola County Fair and Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee. I helped with more shows there and the steer sale. Thank you Kempfers for letting me come stay again!

Session has started in the capital city and we are busy busy trying to pass the new beef check off bill! I am excited to help with this process and get more money into the state of Florida for our industry. We are also working on opening public grazing lands in the state. I have attended several meetings and continue to try and represent the cattle industry well!

God Bless,
Katey McClenny

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