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Running on Behalf of America's Beef Producers

sl271569.JPG Two months ago I signed up to run a half marathon (13.1 miles) with my sister, Courtney, in Brookings, S.D. on behalf of America's beef producers. I joined Team ZIP (Zinc/Iron/ Protein), a group of runners who believe in the power of protein in the land of lean beef. Team ZIP demonstrates that beef gives the strength needed to cross the finish line by participating in running, cycling and triathlon events across the country. This was my first half marathon, and I was proud to hear my name called as I crossed the finish line, announcing that I was running on behalf of America's beef producers. My jersey proudly said, "Beef, it's what's for dinner," and it earned me quite a few comments and cheers throughout the race.

sl271584.JPG As I ran the course, I felt very proud to represent my friends, family and industry colleagues that are a part of this great agriculture tradition. I'm so thankful to be able to enjoy each and every day with family and friends by my side, while making a living in a career that I love. I also felt very blessed to have my health and my youth. During the race, I thought about my old running coach who is currently fighting breast cancer, and I wanted to run harder because of her. As we kick off another week, think about the many things you can be thankful for. While we can't be certain what tomorrow will bring, we can all give thanks for the gifts we enjoy each and every day.

sl271572.JPGRecently, my Facebook account was smeared by vegans with an aggressive agenda to silence agriculture advocates and abolish animal agriculture. I want to thank the many people who wrote on my wall with notes of encouragement and support. It means so much to me to know that this industry is ready and willing to stand beside each other in tough times. If you're on Facebook, feel free to look me up. You might find the slander on my wall interesting. If not, I still welcome your emails and messages on the comments board. I wish you all the best of weeks! God Bless American Agriculture!

Quick BEEF Daily Fact: Recently, ABC News reported on the misconceptions consumers may have about the Humane Society of the United States. They question why so many individuals donate to an organization that does little to actually help animals. In addition, they point out how HSUS eagerly takes advantage of media exposure, taking credit for animal efforts around the country. You'll find this video pretty interesting. Take a minute to watch the video and spread the word.

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