The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed show coordinator intern Madden Ragan to its Montgomery home office in October. The DeKalb County native will assist with preparations for the Junior Beef Expo (JBE) March 19-21.
The Auburn University (AU) senior will help with data entry, exhibitor correspondence, volunteer organization and other show management aspects.
“I’m passionate about agriculture and teaching youth how important it is to our communities, state and nation,” said Ragan, 20, an animal science major. “I grew up competing in reining horse contests and am excited to grow my livestock show experiences with JBE.”
Federation commodity director Brady Ragland said Ragan’s experience on the show circuit is an asset.
“Madden will get a firsthand look at the moving parts it takes to plan and coordinate high-quality events such as the JBE,” said Ragland, who oversees Federation youth livestock shows.
Ragan is pursuing minors in agribusiness and crop and soil science. She is involved in AU Young Farmers; Collegiate FFA; the Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Club; and Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen. A graduate of Fort Payne High School, she is the daughter of Celeste and Derwood Ragan.