McDuffie Announced as the American Gelbvieh Association Summer Intern

Ryan McDuffie, AGA summer intern 

LINCOLN, Neb. — The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is excited to announce the hiring of Ryan McDuffie, Perry, Georgia, as the AGA summer intern. In his internship, McDuffie will assist in all aspects of AGA operations including member programs and services support, member education and American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Junior Classic activities.

“We are so excited to have Ryan join us in Lincoln this summer! His extensive background in competitive events and livestock shows will be a huge asset, and we look forward to the ideas he will bring to the table for hosting summer regional shows and the AGJA Junior Classic,” said Tawnie DeJong, AGA member and youth activities coordinator.

McDuffie is an alumnus of Fort Scott Community College and the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of competitive livestock judging teams at both institutions. McDuffie graduated with a bachelor of science in animal science and decided to further his education in animal science at the University of Arkansas. While obtaining his master’s degree, he has been the assistant coach of the 2024 University of Arkansas livestock judging team.

McDuffie is deeply committed to advancing youth participation in the agriculture industry and possesses a keen ability to ignite enthusiasm among young individuals for agriculture. He has honed his passion through internships at prominent junior livestock shows such as the Arkansas Youth Expo, California Youth Agriculture Expo, Cattlemen’s Congress, and the North American International Livestock Exposition. Through these experiences, McDuffie has cultivated a genuine love for youth exhibitors and a profound appreciation for his work within the junior livestock show circuit.

McDuffie eagerly anticipates the chance to collaborate with and gain wisdom from an esteemed breed association. His aspirations include forging connections with countless individuals, deepening his understanding of the Gelbvieh and Balancer® breeds, and helping orchestrate an unforgettable AGJA Way Out West Junior Classic event.

McDuffie began his internship on May 20 and can be reached at or at the AGA office at 303-465-2333.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,100 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.