Nebraska cattle feeder to lead NCBA

Jan 27, 2012
by WLJ

J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder and farmer from Pilger, NE, will take over the title of president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in February, following the end of NCBA’s convention.

Alexander says one of his top priorities will be the 2012 Farm Bill—making sure that farm policy works for livestock producers.

“In general terms, the thing that we will be doing is watching that—to make sure that it is conducive to our business climate and being able to raise cattle, in all aspects of our industry, in a good manner,” Alexander says. “We don’t want anything to come out that would be detrimental to our industry.”

Which brings up another subject of importance to many cattlemen—that of “over-regulation.”

“We’ve got to have our boots on the Hill and monitor what they’re coming up with,” Alexander says. “We need to know immediately if there are things that will be helpful or a hindrance to us.

“And if they’re going to be a hindrance, we’ve got to be able to get in there and try and convince them that maybe they should change their way of thought.”

Alexander says NCBA is looking forward to 2012 following a successful year in 2011 with the passing of the free trade agreements, and that the estate tax is also a big issue that farmers and ranchers will be facing in 2012.

Also, there is always the issue of legislation. Alexander says NCBA has a strong presence in Washington, D.C., with their office to help make sure that regulations aren’t overly burdensome on farmers and ranchers.

Alexander is a 1975 graduate of South Dakota State University (SDSU) with a B.S. in Agricultural Eco nomics.

While at SDSU, he was a member of the Jackrabbit football team from 1971 to 1974, and served as captain in 1974. Between 1975 and 1984, Alexander held two positions with FMC Corporation Ag Chemicals Division: he was a sales representative in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska from 1975 to 1980, and he was a sales manager in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana from 1980 to 1984.

The 1990s was a busy decade for Alexander. He participated in NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference in 1991. He was appointed to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from (CBB) 1992 to 1998. During his terms on CBB, he served on the Domestic Marketing Subcommittee from 1993 to 1994, was administrative subcommittee vice chairman in 1995, and administrative subcommittee chairman from 1996 to 1998. He also served on the CBB Executive Committee from 1996 to 1998, as well as the Joint Beef Industry Nominating Committee in 1998.

Alexander was a member of the National Beef Industry Planning Group from 2000-2001. In 2001, he served as president of the Nebraska Cattlemen and, that year, was elected to the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement. In addition, he has participated in trade missions in several countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

He currently serves as a bank director for both Midwest Banks in Pierce, NE, and United Republic Bank in Omaha, NE.

He is past-chairman of the Federation Division and has served on numerous NCBA committees. In his home state, Alexander is a member of the Nebraska Beef Council.

Alexander and his wife, Debra, have two children, Joshua and Kesa. Like their parents, they are both graduates of SDSU. Joshua and his family are a vital part of the family operation. Kesa is currently coaching volleyball and resides in Omaha.

Alexander will take the presidential reins from Montana cattleman Bill Donald.