Happy last day of National Beef Month! I hope you have celebrated by eating beef and celebrating the industry. I have been so busy these last couple of months; I will fill you in the best I can.
I have been preparing and practicing for the Cattlemen’s Sweetheart Competition every single day. I have also been selling raffle tickets in support of the Florida Cattlemen’s Sweetheart Competition. I wanted to extend a thank you to everyone who has supported me and purchased raffle tickets.
The Manatee County Cattlemen and the Sarasota County Cattlemen held their annual combined meeting at Longino Ranch. Mr. Coddington and his team cooked a fantastic supper for everyone. We also had the privilege to hear from the Florida Cattlemen’s President, Mr. Gene Lolis, as he discussed some of the prevalent topics in the industry.
In April, the Florida Cattlemen’s Sweetheart Committee hosted the Sweetheart meeting via Zoom, where we met all of the contestants and asked any questions we had. I have also attended a few ranch tours with the Florida Cattlewomen, specifically Blackbeard Ranch. I also participated in the Women of the Year in Agriculture, honoring Mrs. Verinique. This was a fantastic event honoring her and all of the integral women in agriculture.
Furthermore, the Manatee County Cattlewomen had the opportunity to serve the Parrish Fire Department on Cinco De Mayo tacos in a lot of appreciation for their service to our community. This was a well-appreciated event, and I hope to continue this tradition in the coming years.
To conclude, I am packing to move to Gainesville for the summer, and I could not be more excited. I will be working remotely in the summer for Corteva Agriscience and serving as a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Ambassador. I will still practice every day for the Sweetheart contest in mid-June, and I hope to make you all proud. Be sure to follow the Florida Cattlemen’s Sweetheart Facebook page to watch the competition live.