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My Turn: Miss America Is On Our Side

miss-america-teresa-scanlan590.jpg 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.

You can read the entire column here.

Read my exclusive interview with Miss America from earlier this year here.

What do you think about Miss America's endorsement of agriculture? Who do you think make the best advocates for food producers?