Meet your 2018 marketing ambassadors!
The following Cattle Industry individuals were selected to represent each region for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, AZ.
Get to know each one of the Regional Marketing Ambassadors below!
Home State Ambassador - Heidi Crnkovic
Heidi Crnkovic joined the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association in Phoenix, Ariz., as the director of communications in June 2017. She is an individual with deep-seated roots in the Southwest who grew up with a passion for natural resources, wildlife, and livestock. Heidi received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from New Mexico State University in 2012. During her college tenure, Heidi freelanced as a horse trainer, photographer, and ad designer. She also worked for both federal and state wildlife and natural resource conservation agencies.
Upon graduation, Heidi followed her calling to the ranching industry where she co-managed cow-calf, stocker, and feedlot operations in both central and Southeastern Montana with her husband Kenton while raising their daughter Abigail Grace, who is now 4 years old. During her time on these ranches, Heidi not only participated in day-to-day operations but also implemented ranch improvement programs, developed employee training and worked to build positive rapport with the surrounding communities. A lifetime student to continuing education, she remains particularly dedicated to studying rangeland management and reclamation projects and strategies.
Region 1 - Callie Taylor
Callie Taylor is a creative and agriculture loving native of Petersburg, W.V. Growing up on a purebred Hereford and commercial cow-calf operation, she has exhibited Hereford cattle and market steers since she was nine years old. Callie found her place in agriculture just over a year ago when she discovered she could combine her love of art and being creative with agriculture through marketing.
Callie now owns and operates her own agricultural marketing and advertising business, The Herd Brand, while receiving her Bachelor’s degree through Colorado State University’s Online Agricultural Business program. She plans to continue her work in agricultural marketing while helping out on the family’s cattle operations, as well as her father’s new enterprise, a Christmas tree farm. As a returning Marketing Ambassador, Callie loves promoting her love for cattle and the beef industry through NCBA.
Region 2 - Markie Hageman
Currently an online Agribusiness student at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, Markie Hageman was born and raised in California but now resides in Alabama. Markie is involved in her county cattlemen's association, is a member of the Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program, and volunteers with the Junior Cattlemen's Association. She's also a member of her county’s American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers. Markie also assists her family with their farm, which includes a small cow-calf operation. She also manages a blog called “Eat.Pray.Agvocate.” where she writes about agriculture.
Region 3 - Katie Zoromski
Katie Zoromski, a native of central Wisconsin, discovered a love and passion for agriculture, specifically animal health, at her aunt and uncle's dairy farm. Over time, Katie developed the skills and knowledge to become a herdsman; which led to managing a few moderately sized farms in Texas and Wisconsin.
Katie recently obtained her Associate's Degree in Marketing and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Business. She applied to become a 2018 Cattle Industry Convention Marketing Ambassador as an opportunity to learn more about the agricultural community, network with like-minded people, and to put her farming experience and newfound knowledge to the test. Katie is enthusiastic about all things agriculture, and adores the relationships it cultivates. She is most likely to be found outside working at the family farm and hunting. Katie also promotes agriculture through the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation as her county's Young Farmer and Agriculturalist chair. She also loves spending time with family and friends, as well as plotting her next travel adventure.
Region 4 - Carrie Meeks
Carrie Meeks grew up on a cattle ranch in Indiana, specializing in freezer beef that was sold locally. Through her involvement in 4-H and FFA, Carrie turned my family's operation into a cow-calf operation. Her passion for raising high-quality beef led her to choose to attend Oklahoma State University where she is currently a sophomore studying animal science with a focus on ranch operations.
Carrie is a member of the Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen’s (OCCW), serving as the Student Council Representative. She recently attended the Annual Cattle Industry convention & NCBA Trade Show where she learned the magnitude of the cattle industry. Carrie wants to help the cattle industry achieve its goals and is thrilled to use her position to share with her peers why OCCW, NCBA, and ANCW are amazing organizations to get involved in.
Region 5 - Tierra Kessler
Tierra lives in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where she manages the marketing and bookkeeping for her family's Angus cattle operation. A passion for cattle came early in life as she started her herd at age 4 and was raised at bull sales across the Pacific NorthWest. She's involved in the Oregon CattleWomen as a county President and manages a blog, "Blessed by Beef."
Region 6 - Blaire Strohn
Meet Blaire Strohn, a recent California State University, Fresno graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Communications. Blaire's passion for the cattle industry comes from growing up on a cow-calf operation ranch in rural Paicines, Calif. Currently Blaire is attending graduate school at Oklahoma State University with a focus on International Agriculture.
Region 7 - Jaclyn Wilson
Jaclyn Wilson returned home from the University of Nebraska in 2002 to become the fifth generation on Wilson Ranch, a commercial red angus/red composite operation at Lakeside, Neb. In 2013, she started Flying Diamond Genetics, a recipient (recip) business, which is headquartered north of Alliance, Neb. Along with spending time between the two operations, she has served on the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors, been chair of the Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Council, and a member of NCBA's Young Beef Leader steering committee and advisory group.
Jaclyn currently serves on several committees, including the Nebraska Brand Committee, where she serves as the vice chair, on Governor Pete Ricketts Ag Advisory Committee, and as a member of NCBA's Resolutions Committee. Jaclyn also holds a Nebraska affiliate seat on the NCBA Board of Directors Policy Division. She also writes editorials for five different ag publications, that circulate to 125,000 producers throughout the Midwest. Jaclyn received a 2016 Farm Journal Media 40 Under 40 award, and was also included in the book Generations on the Land.