SPRINGFIELD, IL July 6, 2009 At the 2009 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference held in Springfield, Ill., the 2009-10 Australian Ambassador was announced as Cody Leemon, Hoopeston, Ill.

The Australian Ambassador Exchange Program is designed to allow for an international student exchange to occur every year. The ambassador visiting Australia will have the opportunity to learn about the breeding and market beef industry in Australia. While traveling through Australia, the ambassador will have the opportunity to learn about Australian culture and cuisine, and will diversify himself in the ways of the Shorthorn industry across the world. The American Shorthorn Association (ASA) covers the cost of the airline tickets to and from Australia, and the ambassador must cover all other costs incurred.

Leemon is a fourth generation Shorthorn breeder, and has participated in 13 Junior National Shows. He has represented Illinois as a state delegate at three Youth Conferences, and has been an officer or board member for the Illinois Junior Shorthorn Association for seven years. He was awarded the Don Longley Memorial Scholarship in 2008, and earned his Associate Degree in Applied Science, Agricultural Production and Management from Lake Land College in May 2009.

I am excited about the chance of a lifetime- to be the Australian Ambassador representing the people and the cattle that my life has been and will be devoted to, Leemon said of the position.

The American Shorthorn Association sends a junior member to Australia every other year. Currently there is an ambassador from Australia here in the United States. For more information, visit www.shorthorn.org.

The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.

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