Have you checked out the Sept. issue of BEEF magazine yet? Each month, I anxiously await the arrival of my favorite print publication. And, even though the latest edition is still on its way, I couldn't wait to share with you my latest "My Turn" opinion column, Miss America Is On Our Side.
Here's an excerpt from the column:
Who makes the best advocates for agriculture? I think it’s ranchers like you and me – folks who can proudly share our personal stories with dust on our jeans and manure on our boots. That authenticity can’t be easily duplicated; we live each day to care for our livestock and the land, working to feed the world and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
But, often, producers’ microphones aren’t loud enough to reach past our own community platforms. But, once in a while, someone special comes along to help us spread the word to the masses.
These days, that crown jewel of agriculture advocacy is a beauty queen, 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan. At 17, the youngest woman to wear the Miss America crown in 90 years, Scanlan is a Nebraska native who is quite fond of – and quite vocal about – the hard-working Americans who put food on the dinner table.
What do you think about Miss America's endorsement of agriculture? Who do you think make the best advocates for food producers?