Summer Adventures in the Works

Howdy from the vast plains of West Texas!  It is finals week here in Lubbock and it won’t be long until I am packing up and moving out of this tiny dorm room which has been my home away from home for the last nine months. 

I love Lubbock and West Texas; it is like a whole other country compared with the tiny town of Winnsboro near our farm.  While I will miss Tech and Lubbock I’m anxious to get my summer adventures under way.

I will get to spend a few days at the farm and finally meet the new calves and help the parents with some chores they saved up just for me.  But my first big adventure will quickly whisk me away from the farm.  Most of my summer will be spent in Brownwood, Texas at the Texas 4-H Conference Center.  I’m one of those 4-H “I Bleed Green” folks and it has been a dream of mine since I attended 4-H camp for the first time at age 7 to be a 4-H Camp Counselor. 

Canoeing at 4-H Camp

That day has finally come and I can’t wait to spend quality time with 4-Hers from across the great state of Texas doing the things I loved to do as a 4-H camper including Canoeing, Shooting, Archery, Swimming and my favorite 4-H Camp event…Dancing! 

Dancing at 4-H Camp

But before I move to Brownwood for the summer I’m going to have quite an adventure.  I’m going to China!  Not China, Texas but the country of China!  I’m doing a China Study Abroad Program through the Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and will be spending 15 days in China.   We will focus on agriculture and its development in China. My group will begin in Shanghai, China then travel inland to visit Chinese agricultural universities and view agricultural sites that range from university research to current, common farming practices. The trip concludes with a stop in Beijing and the opportunity to visit many historic sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.  I’m so excited!  I’m hoping to get to see some Beef Operations in China too.

I’ll also be doing some traveling for Beef this summer and continuing to promote our fabulously tasty and nutritious product.  We are working some Beef Education opportunities into the program at 4-H camp this summer and I am excited to share my passion about Beef with the thousands of campers that will attend camp at Brownwood this summer.  Who knows, I may recruit a future Texas Beef Leader of Tomorrow or even a National Beef Ambassador!

I have a suggestion for your summer plans…Get your MBA!  You can get your Masters of Beef Advocacy in as little as an hour a day for 6 days.  It is fun, informative and will make you a better Advocate for Beef.  Here is the information you need to get started: Click Here

Before I close, and get back to studying I wanted to send a special shout out to my friend, Gary Nimr in Nacogdoches, Texas:  Happy Cinco de Mayo Birthday Gary!  Gary is a life-long friend and mentor of mine who works for the Texas Agri-Life Extension Service at the Research Center in Overton doing research with Beef Cattle.  He’s a great Beef Advocate and I’m truly honored to call him a friend.

Here’s the link to a great BEEF recipe in honor of my friend Gary’s Cinco de Mayo Birthday:  Mexican Steak Soft Tacos

Happy Cow Trails To You Until We Meet Again!


 P.S. Thanks Mom for digging out and scanning these old pics to send to me!

3 responses to “Summer Adventures in the Works”

  1. Rosemary Brizendine says:

    How exciting to be going to China!
    Winnsboro is an experience too so don’t forget to tell us about that when you get a chance to stop and catch your breath! LOL
    East Texas is proud to call you our own National Beef Ambassador! I LOVE the picture of you dancing at 4-H camp! How is that dancing thing working out for you these days??

    Let’s do lunch while you’re in the neighborhood, have your Mom let me know when and where so the East Texas PineyWoods CattleWomen can treat you to a meal before you head East…until then, keep outta the wire…

  2. Doc Locke says:

    Mandi Jo, we are so excited to have you on staff this summer at the 4-H Center! You will make a great impression on our youth. The dance legacy continues!

  3. Betsy Gooding says:


    Your mom sent me the link to your blog, and boy did that pic of us from 4-H camp bring back memories! Especially of my bad hair choices…LOL. I’ve sent the link to Sarah Beth…we had so much fun with you guys. Congrats on all your big doin’s! Have a great time in China and take lots of pictures (and make sure to check your shoes for scorpions in Brownwood!)~

    Love you!

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