A sophomore agricultural business student at the University of Wyoming is one of five selected to the 2015 National Beef Ambassador Team.
Rachel Purdy, who is also a UW Ag Ambassador, said growing up on her family’s farm near Pine Bluffs spurred her passion for the beef and agricultural industries and motivated her to become an advocate.
“I really do enjoy consumer events,” Purdy said. “I think it’s a really good way to reach consumers because there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and it’s a good way to educate them and have a good conversation about why we eat beef and how it gets to the consumer’s plate.”
Other team members are Will Pohlman, Arkansas, Alicia Smith, Texas, Kalyn McKibben, Oklahoma, and Demi Snider, Ohio.
Purdy, a student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, first competed in the junior level in 2011, where she not only made it to third place, but was inspired – and determined – to make the national team for ages 17-21.