Secretary Vilsack announces CBB appointments
On March 10, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 36 appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB). All appointees will serve three-year terms beginning immediately.
Newly appointed members representing cattle producers are Barbara Jackson, Arizona; Willem Bylsma, California; Darrel Sweet, California; Robert Buck, Colorado; Jeffrey Clausen, Iowa; Dean Black, Iowa; Daniel Herrmann, Kansas; Larry Olten, Kansas; Genevieve Lyons, Louisiana; Andrew Salinas, Michigan; John Schafer, Minnesota; David McCormick, Mississippi; Kevin Frankenbach, Missouri; Kristy Lage, Nebraska; Judith Reece, Nebraska; Annalyn Settelmeyer, Nevada; Tamara Ogilvie, New Mexico; Ernest Harris, North Carolina; Thomas Woods, Oklahoma; James Kesler, South Carolina; Danni Beer, South Dakota; Linda Gilbert, South Dakota; Robert Reviere Jr., Tennessee; Larry Pratt, Texas; Andrea Reed, Texas; Rudolph Tate, Texas; Bruce Dopslauf, Texas; Laurie Munns, Utah; Jane Clifford, Vermont; Larry Echols, West Virginia; Martin Andersen, Wisconsin; Randall Geiger, Wisconsin; and Spencer Ellis, Wyoming.
Newly appointed members representing importers are Alberto Senosiain, Florida; Andrew Banchi, Pennsylvania; and Scott Hansen, Virginia.
In 2009, according to US- DA statistics, there were an estimated 950,000 farms with cattle, representing approximately 93.7 million head of cattle at the beginning of 2010. Top-producing states included Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, California and Oklahoma.
The board oversees collection of the $1-per-head checkoff 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. — WLJ