Secretary Vilsack announces Cattlemen’s Beef Board appointments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Dec. 8 announced 40 appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. All appointees will serve 3-year terms.
“These appointees represent a cross-section of the beef industry, and I am confident that beef producers and importers of cattle, beef and beef products will be well-served by them,” said Vilsack.
In 2009, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics, top beef-producing states included Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, California and Oklahoma.
Newly appointed members representing cattle producers are: Eric Smith, AL; Weldon Wynn, AR; James Maxey and Manuel Rodrigues, CA; Harold Wick, CO; James Lefils, FL; Dan Hinman, ID; Jeanne Harland, IL; Donald Gurtner, IN; William Frazee and Kent Pruismann, IA; Brittany Howell and Steve Irsik, KS; Julianna Jepson, KY; Paul Kent, MN; Howard Hardecke and Brenda Black, MO; Leo McDonnell, MT; Albert Davis and David Wright, NE; Patricia Bikowsky, NY; Elwood Barth, ND; Peter Guglielmino, Northwest Unit; Davis Denman, OK; Brett Morris, Brian Healey and Terry Detrick, OK; Patricia Venable, OR; Daniel Kniffen, PA; Vaughn Meyer, SD; Linda Crumley, Southeast Unit; Ronald Yeargin, TN; Charles Kiker III, Charles Ezer, Anne Anderson, V. Anne Wirtz, and Jackie Means, TX; Joseph Guthrie, VA; and Alvin Bartz, WI.
The newly appointed member representing importers is Lawrence Bryant, VA.
The Board oversees the collection of $1 per head on all cattle sold in the U.S., and $1-per-head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. In addition, the Board contracts with established national, nonprofit, industry-governed organizations to implement programs of promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications.
The 106-member Board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985. The Secretary selects the appointees nominated by beef, veal, dairy and importer certified organizations.
Many livestock producers are utilizing stockpiled pasture, hay regrowth and warm- or cool-season annuals to extend the grazing season this fall.