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Date: 2/6/2014

Title: CME Beef Industry Scholarship Celebrates 25 Years with 25 Scholarships

NASHVILLE – For cattlemen and women, investing in the future and ensuring the next generation has the skills and knowledge to lead the industry is of paramount importance. In recognition of this basic need, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has partnered with the CME Group through the CME Beef Industry Scholarship for 25 years.

The CME Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The scholarship recognizes and encourages talented students who will one day be industry leaders. This year marks the 25th year for presentation of these scholarships and the 50th anniversary of the Live Cattle futures contract.

In honor of this milestone, the CME Group is awarding 25 $1,000 scholarships to outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry.

The overall scholarship winner, Garret Kays of Weir, Kan., was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, where he will be recognized during the Best of Beef Breakfast program.

“This scholarship is an investment in the future of our industry and its future leaders,” said Scott George, NCBA president. “We are proud to have this lasting partnership with CME Group, which is making it possible to offer $25,000 this year for these students to advance their careers in the beef industry.”

CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities & Alternative Investments Tim Andriesen expressed the importance of risk management to the beef industry, which was the subject of the applicants’ essays this year. According to Andriesen, the beef scholarship also enables talented young people committed to the beef industry to pursue their careers.

“Over the last 25 years, this scholarship program has enabled us to invest in the next generation of our nation’s food producers,” said Andriesen. “NCBA remains a critical partner in advancing risk management education to future beef industry leaders.”

Each applicant must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences, as well as have written an essay describing a risk confronting the beef industry with their solution to managing that risk.

The additional 24 scholarship recipients are:





Jessica Beer

Milford, IN

Redlands Community College

Julie Choate

Pleasant Hope, MO

Missouri State University

Samantha Dailey

Ocala, FL

University of Florida

Kelly Garrett

Cuero, TX

Texas A&M University

Kaylyn Groce

Siler City, NC

Oklahoma State University

Kyle Herbrand

Dane, WI

University Wisconsin, Platteville

Sarah Anne Johnson

Williamsport, OH

The Ohio State University

Jenna Lansing

Worthington, IA

Iowa State University

Valene Lickley

Jerome, ID

Colorado State University

Maci Lienemann

Princeton, NE

University of Nebraska

Chandler Mulvaney

Opelika, AL

Chattahoochee Valley

Elizabeth Nixon

Orange, VA

Butler Community College

Taylor Ohlde

Easton, KS

Hutchinson Community College

Kim Rounds

Grass Valley, CA

Colorado State University

Shelby Schiefelbein

Kimball, MN

Texas A&M University

Madeline Schultz

Faribault, MN

South Dakota State University

Andrew Simon

Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana State University

Courtney Souva

Bronson, MI

Michigan State University

Cassie Spear

Loomis, WA

Eastern Oregon University

Jessica Spear

Loomis, WA

Washington State University

Renae Tokach

St. Anthony, ND

Kansas State University

Katelyn Vincent

Fort Scott, KS

Kansas State University

Aaron Weaver

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Evan Woodbury

Quenemo, KS

Kansas State University


About CME Group
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About NCBA
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or


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