Our, 2020 Minnesota CattleWomen Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is Juanita Reed-Boniface.
This cattlewoman has made many contributions to the MN CattleWomen. She was president of the MN CattleWomen from 2003-2005 and the 1998 CattleWomen of the Year recipient. She is always positive and brings so much energy to the meetings and events.
Juanita brings many years of expertise to us from all the different activities and work experiences she has been involved in throughout her life. She has always been very active in the beef industry, the Minnesota CattleWomen, American National CattleWomen, 4-H, Extension and industry leadership events she attends. Education has always been important to her and to make sure to share the beef story with as many young people as she can. She was the Beef Education Chairperson from 1997- 2019. She has built different games, activities, and materials for other cattlewomen to take into the classroom. She has spent years dressing in her red cowboy boots, vest and cowboy hat and going into schools sharing how beef is raised with many different school age children. In 2004 while she was beef education chairperson she helped the CattleWomen initiate Kids Ag-Land at the MN BEEF EXPO featuring the MOOvie theater; corn/oats play box, educational games and stories about the beef industry. It proved to be a popular learning center for youth too young to participate in the show.
At the National level, she was a member of American National CattleWomen Beef Education committee from 2003-07, and chair 2005-07, the ANCW Future Focus Advisory Team from 2005-06, NCBA Joint Industry Information Committee and Joint Youth Education and Information Subcommittee, 2005-07. As you can tell, youth are her passion.
Juanita is always welcoming to all new members and loves to learn about each member. She makes connections wherever she goes, and many have recognized her talents and asked her to be a part of different organizations, committees, and events. She brings her Nebraska roots with her to Minnesota and yes, she is a Husker fan. Go Big Red!! For a lifetime of devotion to the beef industry and the Minnesota CattleWomen we want to recognize her lifetime achievements with this award.