Beef Board hires new director of evaluation

Jan 22, 2010
by WLJ

Polly Ruhland has joined the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) team as director of evaluation, replacing current retiring director Rich Otley.

Ruhland’s 20-plus years in the beef industry most recently included six years with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) working in the areas of issues management, membership and communications. Prior to NCBA, she served as communication director for the North American Limousin Foundation, was compliance coordinator for the federally-mandated animal care and use committee at Colorado State University, and was director of communications for the American Gelbvieh Association.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in agriculture from Colorado State University. Her industry experience, relationships with state beef councils, and extensive knowledge of checkoff programs and structure uniquely qualify her for this position, according to CBB Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey.

Ruhland and her husband, Randy, have one son, Ryan, 20, and a border collie, Jo Peep. — WLJ