Reeves Selected as Alabama Beef Ambassador
Amanda Reeves has been selected to serve as the Alabama Beef Ambassador. Reeves, a senior at Kinston high school, was chosen from a group of Alabama youth as the 2015-16 Alabama Beef Ambassador. She participated in an interview and evaluation process through which she demonstrated her knowledge of the beef industry.
Reeves grew up on a west Coffee County farm owned by her family. The farm, AGR-Advanced Genetic Resources, is a leader in the beef industry. Reeves has been an industry advocate since a very young age, winning her first public speaking event promoting the beef industry at age nine. She has continued to participate in contests at local, county, state and national levels.
From 4-H events such as livestock judging, public speaking, and demonstrations, Reeves has been an advocate for the beef industry from one end of the state to the other. She now has the opportunity to take her message nationally, as she competes in September for a spot on the National Beef Ambassador team.
Over the past years, Reeves has spoken to senior citizen centers, civic groups and organizations, after-school programs, and even taken her message to grocery stores. She has shared her personal experiences, industry messages on nutrition, production, animal welfare, and other key topics.
The National Beef Ambassador Program works with youth in states across the country. Beef Ambassadors educate consumers in their respective areas about beef and beef production. This program is essential because today’s youth are exposed to anti-beef messages that often find their way into schools.
According to Annie Hendrix, Coffee County 4-H Leader, the program is impactful in its nature. “The partnership between agencies such as the Coffee County Cattleman’s Association and the Extension office to support our youth and promote the beef industry and agriculture for future generations is vitally important.” Hendrix is quick to note the enthusiasm Reeves displays. “Amanda’s passion and drive for the industry make her the perfect ambassador to represent Alabama.”
Josh Carnley, Coffee County Commissioner representing District 3, comes from a farming family heavily involved in the beef industry and is extremely proud to have Reeves represent Coffee County and the state of Alabama. “The Coffee County Commissioners have enjoyed watching Amanda grow and learn of her successes through the 4-H program and the Junior Cattleman’s Association,” he said.
Carnley said the Commission is proud to have her as the Alabama Beef Ambassador. “She has grown into an outstanding young lady who is academically strong and well-spoken and we wish her the best of luck at the national competition.”