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Industry Awards, Scholarships Available

Environmental award nominations due

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is accepting applications for the 15th annual Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). Any group or organization is eligible to nominate any one individual or business that raises or feeds cattle. The environmental stewardship program recognizes cattle producers who use innovative practices to protect and enhance natural resources while maintaining or increasing the profitability of their businesses. Nominees compete for one of seven regional awards based on state of residency. The seven regional winners then compete for the national award. The program is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The ESAP nomination application is available at http://hill.beef.org/esap or at NCBA’s Washington, D.C., office at (202) 347-0228.

Scholarships available

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) are offering $30,000 in scholarship funds — in the form of 20 $1,500-scholarships — to college students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Besides scholarship money, the top winner of the 2005 CME Beef Industry Scholarship program will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2005 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show, Feb. 2-5, in San Antonio, Texas.
To be eligible for the scholarships, students must:

1) be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a four-year institution for the entire 2005-2006 academic year;

2) write a brief letter expressing future career goals in the beef industry;

3) write a 750-word essay describing an issue confronting the beef industry and offer a solution;

4) obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals;

5) prepare a cover sheet to include name, current mailing address and phone number, e-mail, school name, year in school, and permanent mailing address and phone number; and

6) submit materials in a single envelope to: Chairman Bob Josserand, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, 9110 E. Nichols Ave., Centennial, CO 80112.

Essays will be judged on clarity, persuasiveness, originality, accuracy, relevance of topic and solutions offered. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 28, and winners will be announced at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in February.

Visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org or contact Sue Dolph at (303) 694-0305 or sdolph@beef.org for more information.

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