American Family Insurance, Frontpoint partner to protect homes

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Family Insurance is partnering with wireless home security
provider Frontpoint (
to make it easier and more affordable for customers to protect their
homes and families using cutting-edge technology.

Starting this month, American Family customers can purchase a $600 basic
wireless Frontpoint home security system for $99.95 with a 36-month
monitoring price lock guarantee. The upgradable package includes a
control panel, window, motion and flood sensors, a heat/smoke detector,
a yard sign and window decals. The system is professionally monitored by
Frontpoint – with alerts sent to customers’ mobile phones – and
customers can also use the Frontpoint app to personally check their
sensors and cameras. The system is expandable, as other Z-Wave® devices
may also be connected to the app. Because the system is cellular, it’s
easily set up by the customer, tamper-proof and moveable to a new

“This exclusive partnership gives customers a proactive, simple and
affordable way to protect their homes and families using innovative
technology,” says Ben Whittington, American Family Insurance national
product manager.

The system may also qualify customers for burglar and smart home
discounts on their American Family policy.

Frontpoint prides itself on creating a security system that’s easy and
foolproof for customers, including assisting when permits are required
and remotely verifying proper installation.

“Frontpoint is proud to partner with American Family, and to bring
best-in-class home security to American Family customers at an
outstanding value,” says John Hannula, vice president of business
development at Frontpoint. “We look forward to introducing these
customers to the same consistently high levels of customer service, ease
and innovation that have put Frontpoint atop the industry in customer

“We’re committed to helping customers prevent losses and damage from
unforeseen events, not just recover after they occur,” said Steve
Scanlon, product marketing manager. “This partnership is another way to
make it easier for our customers to protect the things that mean the
most to them.”

The exclusive offer is available to current and new American Family
customers. To learn more, contact an American Family agent, go to the
American Family/Frontpoint customer
or call (855) 269-1037.

About American Family Insurance

Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance group, celebrating
its 90th anniversary in 2017, is the nation’s 13th-largest
property/casualty insurance group and ranks No. 315 on the Fortune 500
list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto,
homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, primarily through
its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The
and Homesite)
also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance
matters directly over the Internet or by phone. Web;

About Frontpoint

Vienna, Virginia-based Frontpoint
is a top-rated leader in security-first smart home solutions, with more
positive reviews than any category competitor. Founded to design and
deliver a simpler, safer and more connected home, the technology company
serves customers across the country, 96 percent of whom would recommend

Wayne DE Reigelsperger in voting for Under Armour All-America game

CHICAGO (Oct. 4, 2017) – American Family Insurance and Intersport today announced that the final two roster spots in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game will be determined by a public online voting contest.

The American Family Insurance “#DreamFearlessly Fan Vote” is a six-week digital media contest that has matched up 32 of the top high school football players in the nation in a bracket-style competition. Fans can vote for their favorite players on and the athlete with the most votes in each matchup will move on to the next round. Last year, more than 1.1 million votes helped determine the winners of the “#DreamFearlessly Fan Vote”.

An interactive bracket will allow fans to vote for these players by visiting Video highlight reels of each competitor on the web site will help fans determine their choice. Voting begins Oct. 4 at Noon CST and concludes Nov. 17 at 11:59 a.m. CST. The schedule for each voting round will go as follows:

•Round of 32: Oct. 4-17 (32 Players)

•Round of 16: Oct. 18-Nov. 1 (16 Players)

•Round of Eight: Nov. 2-9 (8 Players)

•Round of Four: Nov. 10-17 (4 Players)

The player that ultimately receives the most votes from each side of the bracket will be selected to play in the 10-year anniversary game of the annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2018 Under Armour All-America Game is slated for Thursday, Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. and will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EST.

Eight players were chosen from four U.S. regions (Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and West). A complete bracket with matchup details can be found on The 32 “Fearless Dreamers” participating in the contest were selected by a committee representing the Under Armour All-America Game and are as follows:

Name Hometown High School College

Nana Asiedu Stafford, Va. North Stafford Penn State

Tre Turner Greensboro, N.C. Northwest Guilford Virginia Tech

Coleton Beck Blacksburg, Va. Blacksburg Undecided

Dyami Brown Charlotte, N.C. West Mecklenberg North Carolina

Dante Stills Fairmont, W.Va. Fairmont West Virginia

Thomas Booker Baltimore Gilman School Undecided

Luke Schoonmaker Hamden, Conn. Hamden Hall Michigan

Amad Anderson Staten Island, N.Y. Curtis Rutgers

Amari Burney Clearwater, Fla. Calvary Christian Florida

Malcolm Lamar Seffner, Fla. Armwood Oregon

Camron Davis Miami Miami Carol City Miami (Fla.)

Fabian Franklin Hattiesburg, Miss. Hattiesburg Mississippi State

Terell Smith Snellville, Ga. South Gwinnett Minnesota

Dakereon Joyner North Charleston, S.C. Fort Dorchester South Carolina

Chris Curry Lehigh Acres, Fla. Lehigh Senior LSU

Divaad Wilson Miami Northwestern Florida

Alex Reigelsperger Dayton, Ohio Wayne Kentucky

Aeneas Hawkins Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller Penn State

Boyd Dietzen Kimberly, Wis. Kimberly Wisconsin

Jesse Luketa Erie, Pa. Mercyhurst Prepatory Penn State

Markese Stepp Indianapolis Cathedral Notre Dame

Brian Asamoah Columbus, Ohio St. Francis De Sales Oklahoma

Chase Kline Chardon, Ohio Chardon Michigan State

Michael Dowell Lakewood, Ohio Saint Edward Michigan State

Marquis Spiker Temecula, Calif. Murrieta Valley Washington

Kyler Gordon Everett, Wash. Archbishop Murphy Undecided

Solomon Enis Phoenix North Canyon Undecided

Michael Wilson West Hills, Calif. Chaminade Stanford

Tevailance Hunt Texarkana, Texas Texas High School TCU

Xavier Benson Texarkana, Texas Pleasant Grove Texas Tech

Rafiti Ghirmai Frisco, Texas Wakeland Texas

Ben Wilson Sumner, Wash. Sumner Senior TCU

For more information on the Under Armour All-America Game, please visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

About American Family Insurance

Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance group, celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017, is the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group and ranks No. 315 on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, primarily through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General and Homesite) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone. Web; Facebook; Twitter

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at

About the Under Armour All-America Game

Over its 10-year history, the Under Armour All-America Game has produced many of football’s best collegiate and professional players. NFL Pro Bowlers like Julio Jones and A.J. Green competed in the inaugural game, while No. 1 overall NFL Draft selections like Jadeveon Clowney (2011), Jameis Winston (2012) and Myles Garrett (2014) are among the players that participated in later years. In total, 160 alumni of the Under Armour All-America Game have been selected in the NFL Draft, including 41 first-round draft picks and 14 NFL Pro Bowlers. The 10-year anniversary game of the Under Armour All-America Football Game will once again feature more than 100 of the nation’s best senior high school football players on January 4, 2018 in front of a national audience live on ESPN2.

Underwriter – Agribusiness at Allianz / Insurance Journal Jobs

Do you enjoy prioritizing multiple requests and taking charge of meeting deadlines? Do you enjoy analyzing information, identifying risks, and then providing solutions?

We are seeking an Underwriter to join our innovative, customer-focused and friendly Agribusiness underwriting team in Fresno. Leveraging more than century of agricultural expertise in the U.S. through its Allianz subsidiaries and the power of one of the strongest insurance brands in the world, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is looking for a great underwriter to add to our West Zone team.

This is the perfect role for a skilled underwriting professional with 3-5 years of desk or renewal underwriting experience who is looking to train to become a market-facing production underwriter in a supportive environment. You will spend time working on our renewal book and endorsements while learning alongside our superior New Business underwriting team, with the ultimate goal of assuming responsibility for your own broker relationships within six months to one year.

Agribusiness Underwriting experience is not required if the candidate demonstrates 3-5 years of experience with Small Business, Package, Middle Market, Workers Compensation, or High Net Worth Personal Lines underwriting AND has experience or a personal background in a Farming, Ranching, or Agribusiness capacity. Agency Brokerage or Wholesale background may be substituted for Underwriting experience.

This job will be performed from our Fresno office with potential for 25% – 30% travel.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive profitable Agribusiness underwriting growth.
  • Display a customer-oriented responsiveness and strong initiative and follow-through in managing interactions with our brokers and agents.
  • Represent Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty on the front line, executing the Agribusiness underwriting strategy in the West.
  • Build a pipeline of profitable new business by establishing and maintaining new producer relationships.
  • Effectively negotiate price and terms with key producer partners.
  • Participate in key project initiatives.
  • Proactively manage capacity.
  • Underwrite and evaluate Natural Catastrophe Accumulation, ensuring an understanding of catastrophe modeling and interpretation of scenarios (for relevant lines of business s). Assist in underwriting International Insurance Programs (for relevant lines of business).
  • Write new business within our Standards of Underwriting, Underwriting Guidelines, and Rules and Principles, ensuring contract certainty is achieved on all accounts at time of inception and that when necessary, FAC Reinsurance placing and binding occurs prior to policy inception.
  • Ensure accurate policy documentation issued to producers (where Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty responsibility to do so) or producers has issued documentation (where producer responsibility).
  • Ensure file is established (whether electronic or paper) and maintained for each risk and transaction handled and support completion of policy administration and credit control processes.
  • Act as the face of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty externally to the market.
  • Drive involvement of functional areas in the Underwriting process, including Market Management, Allianz Risk Consulting, Claims, and Operations. Support our Product team partners in delivering innovative coverage solutions to the market.

Key Requirements/Skills/Experience

  • 3-5 years of proven experience underwriting Farm & Ranch or Agribusiness; or 3-5 years of experience underwriting Small Business, Package, Middle Market, or High Net Worth Personal Lines accounts.
  • Agency Brokerage or Wholesale background may be substituted for Underwriting experience.
  • Basic understanding of Farm & Ranch products and portfolio and regional/local Farm & Ranch insurance markets and competitors;
  • Relationship-focused and customer-oriented with established track record with agents and brokers at the regional and local level;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills with an ability to persuade and motivate others to act;
  • Ability to utilize various web-based systems and a comfort level with Power Point, Excel, and Word;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Agribusiness, Business, Risk Management, or Insurance preferred; and
  • AFIS preferred.

Business Beat: Capistrano Skate | The Capistrano Dispatch

Capistrano Skate celebrated its grand opening with a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting on July 29. Photo: Allison Jarrell
Capistrano Skate celebrated its grand opening with a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting on July 29. Photo: Allison Jarrell

Now Open

Capistrano Skate
32158 Camino Capistrano, Suite 103

By Allison Jarrell

Capistrano Skate—San Juan’s very first skate shop—opened its doors last month. The highly anticipated family-owned shop celebrated its official grand opening on July 29 with a San Juan Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.

Owners Peter Carey, Steven Carey (twin brothers) and their mother, Cindie Carey, are no strangers to the San Juan community. Cindie has owned Ortega Ranch Insurance Agency off of Ortega Highway for over 30 years, and Peter and Steven spent their youth in San Clemente and attended Capistrano Valley High School.

Like many South County kids, Peter said he and his brother grew up surfing and skateboarding. The duo was even part of a movement in the late 1980s to get the city of San Clemente to build a skate park for its youth.

“I really became aware of skating when Steve and Peter and their friends pushed San Clemente to build a skate park, which they did, and when my grandson Anthony started skating,” Cindie said. “When he was 10 or so, I would drive him to the local skate parks in Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch and San Clemente, and I saw firsthand how many kids were there and how popular skating was becoming.”

Today, Peter runs a local soccer club—Capistrano FC—and he’s the head soccer coach at San Juan Hills High School.

“All these kids love to skate,” Peter said of the youth in San Juan. “When they’re not playing soccer, they’re always skating.”

Peter said he and his family saw a need for a skate shop in town, especially with the potential incoming skate park (which has an approved location, but is still in need of funding). Capistrano Skate aims to be a one-stop shop for local skaters, offering a varied selection of name brand gear.

Peter said the shop was also a good fit for his family because of their shared passion for skateboarding. His sons, Carlos and Anthony, and Steven’s son, Abel, currently run the store, making it a true family business.

“It’s cool to have a family-owned business, because everybody gets to put their stamp on it,” Peter said.

The Carey’s are also hoping to make their mark by creating and sponsoring a new youth skate team through Capistrano Skate. Peter said the goal is to create a travel team and take the kids to competitions.

“When we were growing up, that’s how it was done,” Peter said. “The local shop would sponsor the local skaters.”

Capistrano Skate will be holding tryouts for the new skate team on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. at the Laguna Hills Skate Park.

Store hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information on upcoming events, follow Capistrano Skate on Facebook or Instagram @capistranoskate.

Packers, American Family Insurance open DreamDrive, DreamZone for fourth year

The Green Bay Packers and American Family Insurance on Thursday celebrated the official opening of the American Family Insurance DreamDrive and DreamZone training camp activities for the fourth year.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Thursday morning to recognize the DreamDrive, the specially designed bike experience for Packers fans and families at training camp, centered on the storied training camp tradition where Packers players ride children’s bikes to and from practice.

Five all-new Dream Fleet bikes, which each celebrate a different piece ofWisconsin’s rich heritage, were unveiled at the ribbon-cutting, all provided by the Packers and American Family Insurance. The new Dream Fleet bikes this year include the Cow Cruiser, the Cheddar Chariot, the Packers Tailgate Trailblazer, the Dream Driver and the Farm and Ranch Rider. Last year’s Dream Fleet bikes are all retired, and will be on display in the DreamZone for photo opportunities with fans.

For a third year, kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay have the opportunity to ride the special bikes to practice with the players. Other children are welcome to participate in DreamDrive and are encouraged to bring their own bikes in keeping with the longstanding tradition.

Thursday’s ribbon cutting also featured a player riding a Packers-themed adaptive bike, with a specially designed wheel that uses the rider’s hands and arms to pedal. The player was joined by Ava Gehrung, a 12-year-old from Hartford, Wis., who was adopted from China in 2011. Her physical mobility is complicated due to a stroke she suffered when she was born, and she joined the player in riding her own special adaptive bike.

The American Family Insurance DreamZone, an interactive area located in the Johnsonville Tailgate Village, also opened Thursday, and features activities during the first week of training camp (July 27 to Aug. 5). Activities include a skills challenge, toddler station, tailgate challenge and a photo booth and a Lambeau Leap area. DreamZone also features engaging activities centered on the pursuit of dreams, including interactive Packers trivia pylons and community walls prompting fans to answer dream-related questions throughout the area.

The DreamZone will host a daily “Chalk Talk” presentation in the JTV, featuring a different Packers player, coach or alumnus speaking about pursuing their dreams. Speakers include Mark Tauscher, Bill Schroeder, Frank Winters and Antonio Freeman. For a full schedule of speakers please visit

“We’re about inspiring and protecting dreams, and being associated with a team and a stadium where so many dreams have been imagined and fulfilled is especially rewarding,” said Dan Kelly, American Family Insurance CFO/treasurer. “We’re excited to celebrate the opening of the DreamDrive and the DreamZone, and we’re hoping to inspire Packers fans to dream fearlessly.”

Both training camp activities are included in the partnership between the Packers and the Madison-based insurance company, which has been a partner of the team since 2005. The partnership also includes the American Family Insurance Gate on the stadium’s east side, allowing fans easy access to the Atrium, 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the Packers Pro Shop and the Packers Hall of Fame.

About American Family Insurance:

Madison, Wis.-based American Family Insurance is the nation’s 13th-largest mutual property/casualty insurance group and ranks 332nd on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General, Homesite and AssureStart) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone. Web; Facebook; Twitter; Google amfam/.

Callaway Insurance Agency Joins Broken Bow Chamber

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Callaway Insurance Agency Joins Broken Bow Chamber


Beginning only two years ago, Dynamic Insurance Services, LLC has grown into a multi-faceted agency for the people of Custer County. Liana Hrupek and Lori Pandorf opened the Callaway office in 2015 doing life and health insurance. Co-owner and agent Chip Bullock began working with Hrupek in May of 2016, bringing with him an expertise in farm and ranch insurance. Dynamic also has an office in Elm Creek but on Tuesday afternoon, the agency cut the ribbon to become an official Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce member.  

Callaway business owners and Broken Bow City officials attended the ribbon cutting at the rustic and also modern looking office, complete with elephant décor, and also brownie cookies for attendees to enjoy. 

Hrupek and Bullock view their new chamber membership and chamber website presence will be a way to stay connected with the county seat and give people the option of also doing business in Callaway. Dynamic Insurance Services, LLC currently offers property and casualty insurance, as well as life and health. 

“And health insurance, everybody has questions on that. But you know, if people have questions, please you know, start here because there aren’t a lot of people in the county that are doing health insurance anymore. And Medicare supplements and things like that,” Hrupek said.

Dynamic Insurance Services, LLC hopes to expand their territory covering more areas in Custer County and encourages everyone to learn more about the services they offer.

Chip Bullock said, “Give us a try, you know, we’d be glad to quote anybody on any insurance and my background is basically in ag, so I am good at farm and ranch type policies.” 

The agency is located at 115 East Kimball in Callaway and agents can be reached at 308-836-2201.


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Westrate named president of American Family Insurance

American Family Insurance executive Bill Westrate has been named company president, the Madison-based insurer said Wednesday.

Westrate, who has been chief operating officer, will assume the president title from Jack Salzwedel, chairman and chief executive officer of American Family.

Salzwedel has held the president title since 2014. He will remain chairman and CEO.

“Bill’s built terrific relationships with our agents, has exceptional knowledge of our company, and is a successful advocate of proactive change and innovation to benefit our customers,” Salzwedel said in a statement announcing the promotion.

Westrate has been American Family COO since 2014. He started with the company in 1996 as an actuarial analyst and earned promotions to actuarial manager, homeowners lines director and risk pricing director. In 2006, he was elected actuarial division vice president. In 2008, he was named personal lines vice president. In 2011, he became an executive vice president before becoming COO.

The board of directors of American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Co. elected Westrate to his new position on Salzwedel’s recommendation.

Jessie Stauffacher moves from chief administration officer to COO to succeed Westrate, the company said.

Stauffacher will oversee operations of American Family brand products and services offered through the agent channel.

Stauffacher began her American Family career in 2004 as a senior financial analyst. Her positions have included planning and metrics manager, executive administration director, internal audit director and vice president/chief of staff for the CEO. In 2016, she was named chief administration officer.

The company said Fabian Fondriest is president of American Family Direct, the company’s direct distribution arm, and chief executive officer of Homesite Group, a national direct property-casualty insurer based in Boston, Mass.

“These changes strengthen our unique position in the industry – one with a talented and exclusive agency force and a leading multiline, direct offering,” Salzwedel said.

American Family is the largest insurer of homes and autos in Wisconsin.

It the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group. The company sells American Family brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates – The General, Homesite and AssureStart – also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the internet or by phone.

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Wendy Glenn fundraiser clears $50,0000 | Features

The third and final Wendy Glenn Memorial Event was held May 13 at the Cochise County Fairgrounds.

The event raised the most money it ever has; $50,000, to benefit the Douglas Run/Walk for the Cure.

Organized by the Kimbro family, honoring the memory of their late mother Wendy Glenn, the event served as a celebration for those who have overcome or are battling the effects of cancer.

Countless families, businesses, and organizations contributed to the cause; with 129 silent and live auction items donated.

“It went well, considering that it was Mother’s Day Weekend and all the other activities [that were going on] locally,” said organizer, Kelly Kimbro. “We drew a crowd from far and near. An estimated 400 people — which is a few less than last year — came to spend money for a good cause.”

Kimbro and her family, Warner and Cody Glenn, Kerry and Mackenzie Kimbro, extended a heartfelt thank you to all of the event’s guests, supporters and work force. This includes Craig Carter and The Spur of the Moment Band, country singer Trent Willman, Diego Resendiz and Resendiz Imprints, Jenn and Ron Shelton, Jill Forsythe, Paige Mariscal, Jana Selchow, Judy Herbert, Joshua Rush/Auctioneer, JoAnn and Miles Switzer, Jennifer Medina, the ranching community from Southeast AZ and SW New Mexico, Ana Hill and Rosie Allen, Dion and Sherry Ethel, Sarah Michalek and Bryan Earnest, Don and Catalina Decker, Douglas FFA, Frank Saucedo and family, Robbie Merry, Best Western-Douglas, Gadsden Hotel and Robin Brekhus/Avenue Bed and Breakfast, Wanda Robert, Michoacana Paletas, Denise and Jesus Hoyos, Mark Von Destinon and John Maisch, Lilly, Arturo and  Johanna Jimenez, Terry Dillman, and Sharon Alvarado.

Guests enjoyed a homecooked meal, goat roping contests, and rock-climbing among other entertainment.

The winner of the Ruger American Predator 25-06 rifle raffle was Larry McKee of  Tucson. The Mother’s Day necklace drawing was won by Brianna Skaarer of Benson.

“Douglas Run/Walk is helping families in two different states,” said Kimbro just before the live auction. “Everything we make here will go into that bank account and that means they can help a lot more families.”

Among the dozens of organizations who contributed to the cause, from far and wide, Kimbro thanked just some of those who are local.

Among the recognized were High Lonesome Trading Company (Elfrida), PURINA, Willcox Livestock Auction, Hargrove Ranch Insurance, Cochise County Fair Association and Fair Grounds Crew, Ruger & Co., Inc. Dr. Gerry and Cynthia Bohmfalk/Marlin’s Saddle Shop, Ed and Linda Gomez, Nicole Mariscal and Lisa Watkins and their families, Eddie and Christy Gomez and Michelle and Heinz Steinman, Rick and Brenda Frank/Cochise Sports and Recreation, Ron and Margaret Bemis, Richard and Tamara Moore, Larry and Annie Moore, Fred and Peggy Davis, John and JoBeth Ladd, Greg GIbbons/Mallet Ranch, Cinda James-Romano, Ed and Jean Ann Ashurst, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and crew, Whip and Tami Lewis/Best Ever Goat Roping, Jesus Ortega/Stonehedge Rock Climbing Tower, Maddux and Sons, and KDAP Radio.

Those who would still like to make a donation to the cause may do so by mailing checks to Douglas Run/Walk for the Cure 2902 E. 15th Street Douglas, AZ 85608.

Community Agriculture Alliance: More than cows and sheep

Community Agriculture Alliance is fresh off of Ag Appreciation Week, and we are humbly thankful to our community for the support you gave us. Your sponsorships, your partnerships, your attendance at events and your support of local restaurants who serve locally raised food is appreciated by our CAA board and staff.

Community Agriculture Alliance

This weekly column about agriculture issues is written by area farmers, ranchers and policymakers. It publishes on Fridays in the Steamboat Today. Read more columns here.

Agriculture starts, first and foremost, with the ranchers and farmers. These folks work hard, are protective of their soil and water resources and are good community members. When commodity prices are low, they tighten their belts and assure themselves next year will be better. When prices are up, they pay their debts, put money in the bank for the next economic downturn and donate to their favorite cause.

They raise their kids with a strong work ethic and encourage them to learn as much as possible to be productive members of society. And, through it all, everyone is thinking about the future of agriculture.

It is estimated that, during the next 35 years, the planet’s population will grow to more than 9 billion people. This will add 2 billion people to our existing populace, and global food production will need to increase by 70 percent.

Agriculture needs bright, progressive minds, not just people who tend cows and sheep. We need people willing to think outside of the box and work in areas that will desperately need their help to feed and clothe the world.

The job opportunities are immense, and the possibilities are endless: accountants, agronomists, agri-banking, agri-tourism, animal care, animal diseases research, attorneys, biofuels research and production, brand inspectors, communications, crop dusters and drone flyers, cultural preservation, dieticians and nutritionists, educators, environmental monitors, equipment development and sales, farm and ranch insurance providers, farm and ranch labor, food safety, forest management, livestock brokers, local food chefs, marketing, mechanics and welders, musicians and entertainers, natural and organic crop development, seed development, transportation, USDA employees, veterinary services, water repurposing and recycling, weed warriors and zoonotic diseases research.

This list barely touches the surface but might light the fire for someone who wants to work in agriculture without actually owning a cow.

This year, nearly 2 million college students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees. According to a report released by the USDA, employers have 57,900 job openings in agriculture and related fields each year but only 35,400 graduate annually with an ag related degree. That means we need more than 35,000 more per year to meet industry needs.

Those who receive degrees in agricultural fields can expect to have good career opportunities, well-paying jobs and the satisfaction that they will be addressing some of our most pressing issues.

Our future depends on strong agriculture. Strong Agriculture depends on a cutting-edge workforce. And every workforce relies on agriculture to keep its employees fed and clothed.

Marsha Daughenbaugh is executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance.

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