Jean Barton of Red Bluff, CA, was named the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year at the Cattle Industry Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Each year the award recognizes a cattle woman who has excelled in beef promotion, education and leadership. The award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina.

Barton’s talent as a photographer and writer are widely recognized. She writes a weekly column for her local Red Bluff Daily News on beef industry issues, recipes and ANCW activities. Her photographs have appeared in not only the local newspaper and its internet site, but also in numerous industry publications. She has contributed photographs for the ANCW magazine, the American CattleWoman, for more than 15 years as well has having served as an editor.

As a longtime member of the Tehama CattleWomen, Barton has served in most positions including president. She has also been California CattleWomen president and served for ANCW on the National Beef Cook-Off, Legislation and Media Relations committees. As an active ANCW member since the early 1990s, she helped promote beef in seven northeast states through projects including ground beef irradiation, New York State Fair and the ANCW Promotion Project. She was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars in California for the 2009 National Beef Ambassador Program.

Jean and her husband Bill are cow-calf producers. They have five grandchildren and two daughters, who are also involved in agriculture. As Melanie Fowle, CCW president, says, “She is our California Mom, always there, hard-working and dependable. She serves us daily as the beef industry news vehicle for all CattleWomen.”

Judy Ahman said, “Jean is a stalwart member of ANCW. Through good and lean years, Jean has always recognized the importance of our national organization and has been diligent in her ANCW responsibilities.”

The Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year Award is given to one cattlewoman each year who has excelled at continued beef promotion on the local, state and national level, while contributing dedication, commitment and support to the ANCW, Inc.