Secretary Vilsack announces Cattlemens Beef Board appointments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced 40 appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.
All appointees will serve three-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 US- DA statistics, top beef-producing states included Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, California and Oklahoma.
Newly appointed members representing cattle producers are: Eric Smith, Alabama; Weldon Wynn, Arkansas; James Maxey and Manuel Rodrigues, California; Harold Wick, Colorado; James Lefils, Florida; Dan Hinman, Idaho; Jeanne Harland, Illinois; Donald Gurtner, Indiana; William Frazee and Kent Pruismann, Iowa; Brittany Howell and Steve Irsik, Kansas; Julianna Jepson, Kentucky; Paul Kent, Minnesota; Howard Hardecke and Brenda Black, Missouri; Leo McDonnell, Montana; Albert Davis and David Wright, Nebraska; Patricia Bikowsky, New York; Elwood Barth, North Dakota; Peter
Guglielmino, Northwest Unit; Davis Denman, Ohio; Brett Morris, Brian Healey and Terry Detrick, Oklahoma; Patricia Venable, Oregon; Daniel Kniffen, Pennsylvania; Vaughn Meyer, South Dakota; Linda Crumley, Southeast Unit; Ronald Yeargin, Tennessee; Charles Kiker III, Charles Ezer, Anne Anderson, V. Anne Wirtz, and Jackie Means, Texas; Joseph Guthrie, Virginia; and Alvin Bartz, Wisconsin.
The newly appointed member representing importers is Lawrence Bryant, Virginia.
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. — WLJ