Miss America Teresa Scanlan Continues Ag Advocacy
Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan has broke the mold. During her reign, she began advocating for agriculture by establishing partnerships with The Hand That Feeds Us, US Cattlemen's Association and Real Farmers, Real Food among others....In the 90 years history of the Miss America, Teresa has taken the Miss America organization off the beaten path.
The Miss America pageant consists of 53 young ladies representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, so it's a natural fit that these young ladies take a more active role in promoting agriculture. As a result of Teresa's advocacy, more state title holders are coming forward to support their state's farmers and ranchers.
In traveling across the country, she has found there is massive disconnect geographically. By being a non-traditional spokesperson for agriculture, Scanlan has set out to bridge that evident gap between urban and rural America. In speaking to audiences, she is aims to bring the message of the importance of food production to a broader audience.
Last Saturday(January 14, 2012),Scanlan passed the crown to Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler as the 2012 Miss America, but Scanlan will remain an advocate for agriculture.
In telling the story of agriculture, Scanlan points to opportunities with the entertainment industry. She is talking with some people who are looking at tv show, documentary, or reality show in bringing the farm to people. She also applauds those that are using Facebook and twitter to connect to consumers.
In the coming months, Scanlan will be speaking at various conventions and conferences on the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Her next ag appearance will be at the Kansas Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Wichita, Kansas on January 29th. She will deliver the closing keynote address on Sunday, January 29th. In 2012, Scanlan will also continue her partnership with the Hands That Feeds Us.
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