R-CALF reorganizes regions, expands Board of Directors
BILLINGS, MT – At its 11th annual convention, R-CALF USA members proposed an expansion of its board of directors – from 10 members to 15 – and the reorganization of regions in the U.S. covered by each director. The measure was approved by mail-in ballots sent in from voting members of R-CALF USA.
“Previously, our 10 directors were stretched to the limit by geographical limitations, and it just wasn’t possible for each of them to cover those huge territories and do a good job,” said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry. “R-CALF USA directors are unpaid, highly active volunteers, and because we are a growing organization, these logical changes will make the situation more manageable for us to continue to grow R-CALF USA.”
Thornsberry said R-CALF USA welcomes its new directors and is confident their contributions will help expand the unprecedented victories that R-CALF USA already has won for the nation’s independent cattle producers and the rural communities they support.
“Our victories include the passage of country-of-origin labeling (COOL), delaying the premature reintroduction of high-risk imports, halting efforts to allow fresh beef from countries with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), stopping the mega-merger between Brazilian packer JBS and National Beef, stopping the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), requiring traceback of contaminated beef to the slaughterhouse of origin, and encouraging the U.S. Justice Department and USDA to investigate the erosion of market competition, just to name a few,” said Thornsberry.
New R-CALF directors are as follows:
• Carl Johnson, Region IV (AZ and NM)
• Kevin Kirschbaum, Region VII (IA, MN, WI)
• Darol Dickinson, Region VIII (KY, OH, TN, WV)
• Jerry Long, DVM, Region XI (CA, HI, NV)
• Joel Gill, Region VII (AR, LA, MS)
• Alan Pruitt, Region VIII (MD, NC, SC, VA)
• Forney Longanecker, Region XV (CT, DE, ME)
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