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Britney Loerzel, of Richville was recently named a Jr. Beef Ambassador. She is the daughter of Rich and Denise Loerzel. (submitted photo).

Richville, Minn., teen named Jr. Beef Ambassador

RICHVILLE, Minn. — FFA, 4H, beef cattle showmanship and now Jr. Beef Ambassador is one more thing Britney Loerzel of Richville, Minn., can add to her growing resume, as one of the newest members of the 2017-2018 Minnesota Beef Ambassador team.

"I wanted to try out for it because I want to learn how to get up in front of people and speak and meet people," Loerzel said.

The Beef ambassador program is a collaboration with the goal of getting youth involved in the beef industry to become the next generation of spokespeople according to Royalee Rhoads, Minnesota Beef Council Industry Relations Director.

"We have junior and senior levels, so that way we will have more advocates to speak on behalf of the beef industry," she added.

The 2017-2018 team was selected during the Minnesota Beef Expo on October 21 in Minneapolis. The senior team includes Abbey Schiefelbein, from Kimball, Emilee White of Wadena, and Emily Ward from Glencoe, Minn. In addition to Loerzel, the junior team also includes Bailee Schiefelbein.

To be selected, participants have to compete in three areas that they are judged on: media interview, consumer event, and social media.

"We are excited to have Britney a part of the team and already doing things to advocate on behalf of the beef industry," said Rhoads.

While on the teams, the ambassadors will attend various events during the next year to educate consumers about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of beef farmers and ranchers.

Loerzel also takes part in FFA and 4H, plus she has beef cattle that she takes care of and the ambassador program is on top of all of that.

She also hopes to get the word out about showing beef cattle. She's been participating in it since she was eight years old. "I spoil them," she laughs. "I go out morning and night normally, and of course they aren't trained right away, brush them out, as they get more used to you, put on music, start singing to them, take selfies. It's fun."