It’s our last day in the
office (we know, we’re sad about it too). We just wanted to take some time to
reflect on our summer and give a final farewell in our last blog post. Thank you,
ASA, Juniors, and parents, for an incredible 2021 junior nationals, it was a
memory we won’t forget.
My time at the ASA has come
to an end, and I’m truly going to miss this office atmosphere and the amazing
ASA staff. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity provided to me by the
ASA. This internship was truly rewarding, and I was able to gain so much from
this. I got to get exactly the experience I had hoped for, and I gained
knowledge I am going to use for the rest of my college career and I’m my future
job. Shelby, thank you for being such a great supervisor. I honestly don’t
think that this internship would be the same if you weren’t the one in charge.
If you are a communications student, and you need an internship experience,
this is an amazing opportunity, and you should definitely apply for summer
2022! I can’t wait to see where the future takes me!
As my time working for the
American Shorthorn Association comes to a close, I want to say thank you to the
ASA staff for being so welcoming and helpful. I have loved my time getting to
know the staff, breeders, and juniors involved in the shorthorn breed. This
summer has truly been a great learning experience; about the breed, myself, and
putting on a junior national. I hope to see many of you again in the future;
don’t be a stranger! While I am sad to leave the association after a wonderful
two and a half months, I am excited to see where my future takes me.
As I finish my last day
being the Youth Activities Intern, with the American Shorthorn Association, I
want to take the time to thank the association for being so great. The people,
the atmosphere; all of it has been a blessing in more ways than I can describe.
I will forever cherish the last two and a half months: the connections I have
made, and the friendships I have developed with my fellow interns! I am sad to
leave but am excited for my future endeavors. Thank you all for this wonderful
opportunity to work with such great breeders, youth, and staff. I hope to see
everyone sometime in the future; if we cross paths, don’t be a stranger, as I
always enjoy a little small talk!
Again, thank you to
everyone that helped us throughout the summer. We appreciate every single one
of you, and we hope you all have a great rest of the summer. We are going to
miss the office, but we hope to see everyone sometime in the future!
the office, we decided we would put together a potluck lunch. The interns
selected a recipe from the 2021 junior nationals Beef Cook-Off Contest, and
everyone else brought a side dish/dessert to enjoy along with it!
that we selected from the cook-off was actually the champion recipe. It was
presented by the state of Indiana and is called Philly Cheese Steak
Quesadillas; the recipe is provided below! As for everyone else in the office,
they opted to bring a side dish of their choosing. Wade made for us a Sassy Salsa
and cheese dip. Shelby made us some Frito Corn Salad, Heather made some Spanish
Rice, Montie “made” us some Waldorf Salad, and Cassie brought a homemade S’mores
Cheesecake for a dessert!
Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas
2 Medium Tortillas
½ lb shaved Ribeye
½ chopped onion
½ diced red pepper
½ diced green pepper
6 oz. diced mushrooms
1 T light olive oil
3 slices provolone cheese
1 garlic clove minced
¼ t sea salt
2 t mayonnaise
Cook shaved ribeye with 2 t oil, salt + pepper, in a skillet. Once fully cooked, remove from skillet.
Sautee onion, peppers + mushrooms in the same skillet until tender. Adding 1 t of oil if needed
Add Ribeye + Garlic into skillet.
Spread mayo on tortillas
Add filling to ½ of each tortilla, top filling with provolone + fold the tortilla
Place tortilla in a skillet with oil over medium heat. Sautee until the cheese is melted + outside is golden + crisp, flip once.
Slice, serve & enjoy!
It was a great day for those of us here at the ASA office to spend some time together and enjoy good food and good conversation. We loved these Philly Cheese Steak Quesadillas, and we are excited to see what everyone comes up with for next years Beef Cook-Off Contest with the new cut of meat!
Goal setting is an important part of life. When you make a goal, ultimately you would like to achieve it. There are different types of goals, short-term goals, and long-term goals. How we choose to reach these goals is dependent on who we are as a person and what helps us to stay organized and keep us on track. Since our time here at the American Shorthorn Association is coming to a close, we (the interns) thought that we would tell you a little bit about our goals over the next year.
What are my goals for the year to come? That is a loaded question. The next year is going to be a big step, in terms of school and work. My plan as of now is to be graduating from Oklahoma State University in May with my Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Communications and hopefully starting my very first full-time job. If anyone reading this is new to college this year, I definitely recommend taking advantage of clubs and other activities going on, on campus. They are a great way to meet new people and make friends that you will likely have even after you graduate. Among the goals I have this year is to excel academically. I plan to do this by keeping organized and having a schedule that includes study time. The second important goal for me is to find a job that will essentially kick off my career. Tools that will help me to achieve that goal are to gain experience, and that is one thing that this internship has no doubt provided me. I am so glad to be returning to a fully opened university this fall, now that we are somewhat pandemic-free. I will be sad to leave Kansas City and all of the amazing Shorthorn staff but I am glad to have met everyone and to have had this experience.
My goals and aspirations throughout the course of the last year and a half have not necessarily changed, the only thing that has truly changed is the course in which it is taking me to reach them. I am very excited to start my fall semester back at Kansas State University, with all in-person classes. As a young college student, it has been very difficult to get everything out of, not only my education but my whole college experience with the troubled times we have faced in the last year and a half. However, like many other students my age, I have made the most of it: still applying myself to create opportunities for my future by getting a job within the university, applying for internships, and landing this one, as well as becoming involved with clubs, amidst the pandemic. The past year has taught me more than any other year combined. It may not have been materialistic lessons, but it has been lessons worth more than any academic degree ever could. It has taught me to never take time for granted, to never underestimate anything, additionally, it has taught me to never give up on anything, no matter the journey. That being said, my goals for the future are to continue my journey at Kansas State University and continue the path that He has carved for me. I have many goals to reach for within my major, within the clubs I am active in, as well as personal growth goals for myself. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their summer and takes the time to spend time with their loved ones!
As my time at the American Shorthorn association is coming to an end, my academic career isn’t far behind. I will be a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this upcoming year, finish up my degree in Agricultural Communications. Being a senior, I have started to think about my future career. I hope to get a job post-graduation working in outreach and education for an agriculture company. This will require networking and communication throughout the next year. I am so excited to see where my future goes. I have learned a lot about adaptability and perseverance this last year and a half. As a college student, my world was turned upside down when my university closed due to COVID, as well as most classes switching to online for this past school year. But it gave me the skills and initiative to work on my own, get things accomplished, and accept change with grace. My main goals for the near future are to continue my education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications, and continue to be resilient in all of my future endeavors. I hope everyone enjoys these last few weeks of summer!
This week we created a fun little quiz to see who knows us the best! The answers to these questions have all been answered in previous blogs, but try not to peek! Have fun, and let us know how you did!
everyone! We hope you all had a blast at the 2021 Shorthorn Safari! Junior
nationals have come to a close, and we wanted to reflect on our week and share
The 2021 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference is over, but I am so glad I was able to see so many smiling faces throughout the week, and I hope everyone is getting some much-needed rest. My week consisted of photos, photos, and more photos! I really enjoyed being able to watch the juniors as they participated and showed off their skills in contests, and especially the shows on Friday and Saturday. I am thankful for the opportunity to experience Shorthorn Junior Nationals, especially the behind-the-scenes and how much it truly takes to put on a national junior show of this size. It put things into perspective and makes me truly appreciate all the people who dedicated their time to put together the junior nationals that I was able to attend as a junior exhibitor. Juniors, be sure to thank your parents, and thank your breed associations, whether it be shorthorn or something else, for all the hard work they put in for you to be able to do what you love because without those people you would not have that opportunity.
To reflect upon this past week, overall, this was a great experience. I had a blast getting to know the junior board and candidates better, along with meeting the future of the Shorthorn breed. Being around the youth who are passionate and excited about the future of the Shorthorn breed, brings me joy to be able to empathize with them. Even though I was in the office much of the week, when I would venture out, I thoroughly enjoyed everything I saw. The highlight of my week was getting to see the State Cook-Off/Tailgate happen in conjunction with the cornhole tournament. It was exciting to see all the unique foods each state brought, as well as see everyone come together for a little friendly competition. All in all, I will never forget all the great people I have met through this journey and will always cherish this wonderful opportunity the American Shorthorn Association has given me to work for them.
This past week was definitely an
experience I will never forget. I loved getting around to meet the juniors and
creating relationships with the junior board members! Working as the
registrations intern, most of my work was completed prior to leaving for NJSS;
this allowed me to be able to help with many different contests. Prospector
team salesmanship was my favorite contest to help out with for the
entertainment factor 😉. The kids were all awesome and I loved being able to watch
them make their sale. Friday and Saturday, most of my time was spent writing
down and posting results for the show; it was great to be able to watch and
support all the juniors. Overall, the past week was an amazing event to be able
to partake in and assist with. I am so thankful for the people I met and the
ability to work with the American Junior Shorthorn Association!
everyone, it’s the interns again! Less than a week until we see everyone at
Junior Nationals, and we could not be more excited here in the office. This
week, in honor of Junior Nationals coming up, we thought we would tell you a
little bit about our favorite livestock show activities, and maybe help you to
remember some items that we have a habit of forgetting when packing!
Hey everyone! I hope you are all excited for next week, we have been working hard in the office to get everything prepared! When it comes to shows, one of my absolute favorite pastimes is spending time with friends that I don’t get to see very often. Showing livestock opens doors to friends across the country that you may not have known otherwise, and I am always excited to spend time with my show family (oh, and also eating some very good food). I like to think that I am a strategic packer, however, there is always one thing that I manage to forget and that is my belt! Something else that I have learned over the years is that you can never pack too many socks, I always manage to soak my feet when I wash my livestock. The countdown to Junior Nationals is almost over and I cannot wait to see everyone there!
Hey there! Only a few
more days in the office, until we head out to Louisville for the event we all
have been waiting for! My favorite part of being at a show is honestly just
spending forced family fun with my parents and siblings. It is what we all work
for and even though we may bicker like cats and dogs at times, we tend to get
along (for the most part), while at a show. It is where we come together and
work as a team and not against one another. A show day setting gets very
stressful for everyone; each one of us has a mindset of what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done, before arriving that day. We all get things done when
they are needing to be done (sometimes with a friendly reminder ;-)). Another
thing that excites me is being around other livestock enthusiasts. I have been
gifted many friendships through showing livestock and I would not trade any of
them for the world.
packing for junior nationals, don’t forget your soap for those sudsy, early
wash rack mornings. That seems to always be the one thing that I forget in
terms of equipment. Otherwise, I always seem to forget my belt or boots for
show day (only the necessities apparently). With everything else going on and
being a little stressed for packing, think about this blog, and don’t forget
these little things that might slip your mind!
travels to all of you attending the NJSS, and I am so very excited to see
everyone’s smiling faces come Monday at check-in!
guys! As junior national is quickly approaching, I should probably start to
think about what I’m going to pack. I always remember the crucial things
(pants, shirts, etc.); but there are a few things I can never seem to remember:
boot socks, my belt, and hairspray! Hopefully reading this week’s blog will
help you remember the little things while packing 😉. My favorite part of shows is definitely the time I get to
spend with some of my best friends. I have created a large network of friends
in the livestock industry, and they have become some of my favorite people. Any
chance to see them and create memories is time well spent! I hope everyone is
excited to get to junior nationals and create those memories in less than a
week!! Catch ya’ll in Louisville 😊
Hello! It’s the interns again! Today we thought that we would give you a little background on ourselves, what lead us to be where we are today, and why we want to be involved in the agricultural industry today and in our futures. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about our backgrounds today!
I grew up in a farming community in a rural Illinois town, in a family that raises cattle and farms corn and soybean crop. I have a passion for the agriculture industry that is never going to burn out, and it is because of the people around me who used their passion to ignite mine. This is an industry that is a huge, nationwide family, and advocating for the industry is important now more than it has been. I want to be an advocate for this industry and help young people like myself to find their passion and grow future generations of agricultural advocates.
Agriculture has played a huge role in my life. I owe everything I have accomplished to the agriculture industry because, without it, I do not think that I would be where I am today. I wasn’t born into agriculture, but when my mom re-married, I was thrown into it headfirst. As soon as I was old enough to participate in 4-H, my stepdad, Donnie Brandenburg bought my first set of pigs to show at the county fair, and from then on, I was hooked. I got to grow up showing cattle, swine, and goats at local, state, and national levels.
From day one, he has been my number one supporter and has given me everything I needed to succeed and more. He did not have to do the things he did for me, but he chose to anyway and I will forever be grateful to him for staring me on the path I am on. I truly owe where I am today to him. He taught me responsibility, leadership, and respect by giving me the opportunity to do what I spent 14 years loving. If I had to give any advice to a young showman in the industry it would be don’t blink, because the summers of showing truly do go by faster than you think.
I grew up raising and showing sheep on my family’s acreage. My dad grew up raising and showing just about every species possible and wanted his kids to be able to have that experience as well. Raising sheep is what began my interest in the livestock industry, as well as the agriculture industry as a whole. I give so much credit to my parents for giving me the opportunity to be involved in this industry at a young age and for always helping me throughout the last 21 years.
I was exposed to agriculture on both sides of my family and was always eager to learn more about the different segments. My paternal grandparents raise donkeys and feed out cattle, while my mom’s sister and her family raise Angus cattle. Being from Nebraska, the cattle industry is something that I continue to learn about and peak interest in.
joining FFA my freshman year of high school, I was intrigued by the disconnect
between consumers and producers. As I went through my four years of high
school, I knew that I wanted to be involved in helping educate people about
agriculture and bridge that gap. FFA is truly when I found my passion in the
agriculture industry and the reason I went into agricultural communications. My
FFA advisor, Kris Spath, helped push me to better myself professionally,
personally, and as an agriculturist. I learned a lot from her throughout my
time in FFA, and still am today.
has been in my life since I was young, and it will be my future as well. I am
so thankful to have grown up in this industry and can’t wait to see how it
grows and adapts in the upcoming years.
did I get involved in agriculture? Both of my parents grew up showing
livestock, but I feel my passion came from their parents’ love for it. My dad’s
parents raised commercial sheep and goats, while my mom’s parents raised
registered Limousin cattle. It was not until I was in kindergarten when I
started showing lambs at the county fair, and third grade when I showed my
first string of cattle. I owe Val Wasinger, a Shorthorn and Simmental breeder
of Winnebago, Minn. the credit for my passion for the livestock industry. I
grew up showing cattle for her, as she grew up showing cattle for my
grandfather. She has mentored me since I was 11 years old, and I still go to
her for everything and anything. Additionally, I owe my passion for the
agriculture industry to the National FFA Organization. I have gained many
friendships and networking opportunities through that great organization.
Between going to different camps to state and national convention, I have
gained different qualities I never thought I could.
I have grown into the person I am today, I have been able to know right from
wrong through my parents raising me, however as I have moved far away from home
first for college, and now for my internship, I have taken all that they have
taught me about livestock, life, and perspective with me. I have been able to
continue to grow even when they are not watching my every move. You may not
choose your family, but I would pick them a million times over. Every part of
your life happens for a reason, good or bad. You need to learn from your
success and failure to grow.
may be a lot, but that is how I have grown a passion for agriculture, and I
would not change it for anything. In today’s world, each agriculturist needs to
be an advocate. With the bridge between rural and urban becoming larger, we
need to continue to show the rest of the world what agriculture and livestock
industries are truly like and not what the outsiders view them as. One day
there will be no outsiders and we will all be educated.
Hey guys, it’s Amelia, Bella and Michelle, your 2021 ASA
interns. It is week three in the office, and we are getting closer to the
National Junior Shorthorn Show! This week, we thought it would be fun to do a
little “get to know the interns” with some fun questions.
What is your favorite movie snack?
A: Peanut M&M’s and popcorn
B & M: Regular M&M’s and
What is your favorite safari animal?
M: Painting and Crocheting
Three bucket list items:
A: To live in Australia for a year, to travel across Europe, and to show in Canada.
B: To go on a mission trip, to
visit every state, and to own my own business of some kind.
M: Travel to Amsterdam and across Germany visiting historical sights, travel across the United States, and have a career in the livestock industry.
What is your favorite Podcast?
A: Beyond the Ring
B: The Keeper Pen
M: Crime Junkies
What is your favorite color?
B: light pink
If you were a food, would you be sweet or spicy?
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
A: George Strait in Kansas City
B: Garth Brooks in Louisville
M: Parker McCollum at Calf Fry in Stillwater
What show are you currently binge-watching?
A, B, & M: Reba
Do you have any phobias?
We are staying busy finalizing all the plans for NJSS. There is a record number of entries and exhibitors this year which is exciting for the Shorthorn breed. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in just a couple of short weeks!
Hey everyone! We are Amelia, Bella and Michelle and we are serving as your interns for the summer of 2021. We have been working hard in the office to get everything prepped for junior nationals, and we hope you are as pumped as we are! Amelia is serving as the youth activities intern, Michelle is serving as the communications intern, and Bella is serving as the registrations intern for the summer 2021. We are pumped for the summer ahead and cannot wait to see everyone!
Hey y’all! Week one in the office was busy, but very exciting as we get ready to see everyone. As we start our second week in the office, we have been working on getting everything ready for the contests and activities the junior board have planned. Us three interns have grown close in the past week and are excited to see what the rest of the summer entails. I cannot express how excited I am to see what this summer brings. I can’t wait to see everyone’s excited faces in Louisville in less than three short weeks!
everyone! Week one in the office was full of tasks but was so much fun. As we
start our second week in the office, we have been working on getting all
registrations corrected and put into shows. We have gotten to know each other
very quickly throughout this past week and I’m more than excited to see how the
rest of this summer goes. I can’t wait to continue to build relationships
throughout the office and this industry.
guys! I hope everyone is excited to head to Louisville soon! Week one has kept
all of us very busy working on preparations for junior nationals. In week one,
and throughout the next week my focus has been on the exhibitor folders. I have
also spent the last week getting to know my fellow interns and we are all
excited for what the summer ahead holds for us, and we cannot wait to see
everyone in Louisville soon!
This Friday is our last day in the ASA office and although we are sad, we
have thoroughly enjoyed our time here! Today we had a potluck lunch with
everyone in the office and we selected the Alabama Tropical Tri Tip Fajitas to
make! Kendall did the cooking since Cassidy and I aren’t as handy in the
kitchen. We have each put a little bit about our time here and we included the
recipe we prepared also!
Our time here is winding down, as Friday is our last day in
the office. In my final remarks, I want to thank all of the American Shorthorn
Association staff for having me in the office. These past couples of months
have been a blast, and I have learned many new skills that will help me in the
future. I came back to the breed that got me started showing, and I have
enjoyed every moment. I will soon pack up and head back to Stillwater to finish
my last semester at Oklahoma State University as an agricultural communications
major. I just wanted to thank ASA, the members, and everyone else for making this
a successful NJSS and summer for myself.
As our time in the office comes to
an end, I would just like to express how thankful I am for this breed and the
people in it. Shorthorns were my first love and to have the opportunity to
serve this breed is one that I will forever cherish. I have learned so much
these past few months and I am sad that my time in the office is coming to an
end. As I prepare to head back to Starkville, I would like to thank the ASA
Staff, members, and AJSA members for allowing this experience to be as amazing
as it has been. Thanks everyone and, hopefully, I’ll see everyone soon at the
In just two more days we will be wrapping up our time here in the ASA office
and these past few months have been awesome. I am really thankful to everyone
here, especially Shelby, for working so hard to make sure that we got to have
an internship amidst all of the crazy stuff going on in the world. I know that
I’ll look back on this experience and cherish the memories I have made. I have
learned so much during my time here and although I started off with Simmentals,
the Shorthorn breed will now always have a special place in my heart! Thank you
again to all of the staff and ASA/AJSA members who make this breed so great!
Alabama Tropical Tri Tip Fajitas Recipe:
1 Tri Tip, 1 ½ – 2 lbs.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup soy sauce
½ cup pineapple juice
2 bell peppers, 1 red and 1 green
1 small onion
1 pineapple split in half, save pulp
1 tbsp. cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. Adobo
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Marinade steak for 2-8 hours in soy sauce and pineapple juice. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook steak on griddle for 6-8 minutes per side. While the steak cooks, add bell peppers to grill and turn occasionally to char.
Once steak is done to your likeness, set aside to rest.
In a skillet, add olive oil, garlic, and onion. Cook until the onion is opaque. Then add sliced bell pepper, cilantro, cumin, adobo, pepper flakes, paprika, and cook 3-5 minutes until the seasoning is well blended.
Slice steak into strips. Add to skillet with the previous mixture. Add ½ cup pineapple juice and pulp from hollowed pineapple. Cook until steak is warm, and juice is thick.
Add mixture to the hollowed pineapples and serve on flour tortillas with pineapple sales.
2 lbs. pineapple, diced
10 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp. lime juice
Salt and pepper
Hot sauce (optional)
Mix all ingredients well, season with salt and
pepper to taste