Hoppes hired as OCA Manager of Youth Education & Development
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Hoppes hired as OCA Manager of Youth Education & Development

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A new position responsible for creating educational opportunities for young people outside of exhibitions

Morgan Hoppes, Tiffin, will serve as director of youth education and development programs for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio Beef Council. (Courtesy photo)

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), a statewide membership organization and voice of the beef industry, recently expanded its youth education efforts with the creation of a full-time position. Morgan Hoppes of Tiffin, Ohio, will serve as manager of youth education and development programs for OCA and the Ohio Beef Council.

The new position in youth education will be responsible for creating educational opportunities for youth outside of the show ring. Hoppes’ responsibilities include managing the OCA BEST youth development program and its affiliated programs, the Buckeye Breeders Series and the Stockmanship educational competitions. She will also work collaboratively to help others tell the story of beef and improve the image of beef through curriculum development and project management, while also serving as an advisor to the OCA Youth Council.

Hoppes was raised on a family farm in Wood County and was active in 4-H and FFA. She graduated from the University of Findlay in 2020 with a major in animal science. Hoppes worked as an education and student development officer at the University of Findlay while earning her degree. She most recently worked at ST Genetics of Tiffin. She and her husband, Kevin, run a small club lamb operation in northwest Ohio and also help with the family’s club calf business.

OCA President and Allen County cattle rancher Mark Goecke says, “Providing our young people with the opportunity to expand their industry knowledge and develop leadership skills will not only make them better stewards of our industry, but will also make them more successful wherever life takes them in their careers. Additionally, sharing this position with the Beef Council will enhance our efforts to train advocates and advocates in the beef community, equipping them with the information to easily engage in conversations and address consumer concerns about beef and how cattle are raised.”

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is a nonprofit organization that represents important business interests to cattle ranching families. It serves as the voice and issue manager for all beef cattle businesses in Ohio, including cattlemen, producers and finishers. It is a grassroots policy development organization for the beef industry and is affiliated with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is committed to maintaining the profitability and growth of the Ohio beef industry while providing consumers with safe and healthy beef.

— Ohio Cattlemen’s Association