SCCA Sweetheart Diary

Hello Florida Cattlemen!

If you have not already heard, the Second Annual Seminole County Cattlemen Junior Ranch Rodeo was a huge success! Six teams participated in the rodeo, those being: Newsome Cattle Company-Clay Newsome, Cogan Newsome, Wyatt Aronow, Colton Holland, and Emily Spurgon; Christmas Creek Farm Service-Makayla Mack, Colton Paschal, Chase Blankenship, Abdiel Zamora, and Cutter Yates; Kempfer Cattle Company-Parker Kempfer, Will Kempfer, Sage Kempfer, Bryce Pace, and Sheila Shirah; Doc Partin Ranch-Hyatt Kempfer, Steven Soileau, Kathleen Parting, Fallon Knowles, and Kaitley Shirah; Orange County Junior Cattlemen-Eddie Tapia, Chris Hildebrand, Shelby McCully, Mikayla Zayas, and Chase Mew; and Seminole County Junior Cattlemen-CW Yarborough, Alex Fisk, Tyler McEachern, Brianna Hodges, and Kinzie Testerman.

The event winners were Team Penning to Kempfer Cattle Company, Steer Decorating to Seminole County Junior Cattlemen, Steer Riding and Calf Branding to Newsome Cattle Company, and Sorting and Relay to Christmas Creek Farm Service. Each member of these event winning teams received a $50 gift card to Tractor Supply, Skips, or Gander Mountain for their win. For overall, the 3rd place team, winning embroidered rope bags, sponsored by the Seminole County Cattlemen’s Association, was the Orange County Junior Cattlemen. The 2nd place team, winning tooled spur straps, sponsored by Wilder Saddlery, was the Seminole County Junior Cattlemen. The 1st place team, winning buckles sponsored by the Seminole County Cattlemen’s Association, was Newsome Cattle Company. Congratulations on all your hard work and accomplishments!

A huge thank you goes to the SCCA board and all our sponsors for their hard work and support of this rodeo to provide a family-friendly event whose proceeds go to the youth in 4-H and Junior Cattlemen’s. Also to the men who helped judge the rodeo, Mr. Caudill and Mr. Gill. And last but not least to Miss Kaitlynn Gill, our FCA sweetheart and Miss Madison Urban for being flag bearers and helping out with whatever was needed during the rodeo. I also had the opportunity to carry the state of Florida flag in the rodeo and am thankful to God for answering our prayers and providing beautiful weather for us all to enjoy!

Following the rodeo, the Seminole County Cattlemen’s Association had their members meeting and also a steak dinner for both the members, and the participants in the rodeo, along with their families. Approximately 241 steaks were served, the largest the SCCA has ever had! The Russell Home in Orlando was also a benefactor of the rodeo’s proceedings. Total, the Russell Home received 600 pounds of canned goods and $600 that was donated at the rodeo’s entrance!

Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our youth! YOU helped make this rodeo a success! We’ll be seeing you next year!

God bless,

Jenna Tulp, Seminole County Cattlemen’s Sweetheart and the SCCA

Second Annual Junior Ranch Rodeo

The Seminole County Cattlemen Association (SCCA) is proud to announce the Second Annual Seminole County Cattlemen Jr. Ranch Rodeo. The rodeo will be held at the Yarborough Ranch Arena Saturday April 14, 2012 at 2:00.

Each team will consist of five team members. All team members must be between the ages of thirteen and seventeen by September 1st 2011 and will include at least one female. The youth ranch rodeo is a lot like the adult ranch rodeo except the events have been softened to accommodate the youth. Each team will compete in the following events: team sorting, calf branding, steer penning, steer decorating, steer riding and the relay race. 

We hope to see you at the Junior Ranch Rodeo in April.  If you have a team that you would like to enter, please contact JW Yarborough (407)948-6080, or email. If you would like to help sponsor in any way, please contact Lisa Urban (407)702-5701.


Bio Fuels Policies


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech last week has several ethanol advocates wishing he wielded more influence over biofuels policy within the Obama administration. On today’s Open Mic, Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), says Vilsack’s recent biofuels speech at the National Press Club underlines his unwavering commitment to corn-based ethanol. While convinced that the Obama administration will lobby Congress for a short-term extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), Jennings says industry trade groups realize that the nation’s fiscal mess makes it highly unlikely that VEETC can be renewed at the current 45 cents per gallon rate. On E15, the ACE official fears the EPA’s proposed label for the higher blend, if not altered, will sow doubt and confusion in the minds of consumers, and he hints of a coming effort to lift the 15 billion gallon statutory cap on grain ethano! l. The Open Mic interview runs about 14 minutes and can be found at or click on the following link.

What’s ahead for Washington this week: Mid-terms & compromise?
USDA announces disaster aid for rice, upland cotton, soybean & sweet potato producers

NRCS launches fuel & oil spill prevention pilot program
Monday audio update: Leonardo Academy: Resignation of production ag reps won’t derail sustainable standard-setting initiative.

Friday audio update: Free marketers and environmentalists react to Sec. Vilsack’s biofuels speech.

Last but not least, I wanted to share some news about our company. In agriculture, we often talk about the need to do a better job of communicating, especially in a 24/7 world that is full of tweets, blogs, and other web-based media. That’s one reason why we are pleased to announce an investment in training a new generation of communicators, based at the University of Illinois. For more on that announcement:

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