PHOTO: Jared Decker, Steak in Genomics Blog

MISSOURI — The Beef Genetics Education National Essay Contest is now underway and children are encouraged to participate.

Click play below to hear KMZU’s Amanda Wagner speak with Jared Decker, University of Missouri beef genetics extension assistant professor.

According to Beef Magazine the essay contest is geared towards youth participating in 4-H, FFA and junior beef breed associations.

Decker states the theme this year is, “What does it mean to be a beef breeder in the 21st century?”

He also says in order to participate your essay must be between 600 and 3,000 words and submitted by February 15, 2017.

“We’ll have a couple of different prizes,” says Decker. “…the first place winner is going to have their essay published in one of Beef Magazines online news letters. The second through fifth place winners are going to have their essays published on my blog, A Steak in Genomics. There is also going to be some monetary and supply prizes.”

Beef Magazine states judging will be based on how effectively the student encourages best practices, technology adoption and sustainability of these methods for the beef cattle industry.

“As we are kind of putting together the ideas for this grant proposal, one of the things that is really important for technology adoption, is one, people who are younger tend to be accepting of new technologies that come along, but then there is also this social component too. If your neighbors or your kids or people like that are talking about new technologies, it helps with the acceptance of the new technology.”

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