Travis Tilton has been in the program for two years now. He has shown dedication to the program and has shown leadership both at the local and state level.
I started my Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Journey in the summer of 2014, it has been one of the most amazing 4-H programs I have ever participated in. The Ambassador Program gave me the opportunity to participate in university level instruction from animal science instructors, advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth and most importantly learning to advocate for animal agriculture.
Ambassador training prepares high school age 4-H’ers to speak to groups about advocacy, we have opportunities to man the booth at many major stock shows and highlight the ambassador program to the public. I have spoken to my local Rotary Club about the importance of agricultural advocacy and the impact changing consumer needs have on agriculture. Commodity Carnival is a program in conjunction with Kroger where we set up our booth in stores in different cities and talk with actual consumers shopping for products. The coolest thing this year was being invited to assist in the opening ceremony for the brand new Cattle Barn 2 at the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price cut the ribbon and I was right there.
Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program has opened doors and allowed me to participate in activities I could have never dreamed of, this program has taught me to give back, to contribute to the future of agriculture in the great state of Texas.