RENO – Barbara Jackson of Tucson, AZ, was named the 2007 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year during the American National CattleWomen’s (ANCW) awards reception Feb. 7 at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Reno.

She was nominated by the Arizona CowBelles, who say that, “Barbara lives the mission statement” of the American National CattleWomen. “Barbara shares her passion for the U.S. beef industry, encourages and helps to equip fellow cattlewomen to support and promote the beef industry,” the CowBelles group says. “ She is professional, a progressive thinker and is always the teacher, advisor and mentor.”

Those who nominated Jackson acknowledged her dedication to the beef industry - not only as a participant through the business she and her husband own, Animal Health Express - but as a leader promoting state, regional and national professional involvement.

She has held all offices in her local and state cattlewomen organization. She has served on various state and national committees. She served as co-chair of the 2003 National Beef Cook-off® and as a member of the Advisory Committee in the restructure of ANCW.

Her mother, Pat Stevenson, a former ANCW president, was also very active in the beef industry. “Part of my motivation for involvement is in tribute to her,” says Jackson.