Beef Improvement Federation Selects New Board, Officers
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced new directors and officers June 8 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium, hosted virtually this year.
Joe Mushrush, Strong City, Kansas, was introduced as the 2020-2021 BIF president during the Monday session. Matt Perrier, Eureka, Kansas, is the new vice president.
New directors elected to serve on the BIF board were producers John Irvine, Manhattan, Kansas; Troy Marshall, Burlington, Colorado; and Joy Reznicek, West Point, Mississippi. New association representatives elected were Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association; Kelly Retallick, American Angus Association; and Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Association.
Bob Weaber, Kansas State University professor, was announced as the new BIF Executive Director. Weaber will be taking the reins from Jane Parish, Mississippi State University, who served as executive director from 2015-2020.
“Jane has been a great leader for the organization, and we are grateful for the years she dedicated to BIF,” says Tommy Clark, 2019-2020 BIF president. “Under her leadership, BIF has raised the bar in member services as well as its communication and marketing efforts to members, the board and the organization’s partners.”
Also retiring from the staff after 18 years of service to BIF is Lois Schreiner. From 2002-2020, Schreiner served as executive assistant to several directors and has been integral in BIF’s success.
“Lois is phenomenal,” says Weaber. “She has been the heart and soul of BIF and the behind-the-scenes contribution she has made to BIF for the past 18 years is immeasurable.”
More than 1,300 beef producers, academia and industry representatives registered to participate in the organization’s 52nd Annual Research Symposium — Online. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.
For more information about this year’s symposium, including presentation archives and award winner releases, visit BeefImprovement.org/symposium.
The 2021 BIF Convention and Research Symposium will be June 22-25 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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