The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) board of directors and staff welcomed three new board members and elected a new officer team at their October board meeting in Columbia.
The new officer team includes chairman John Ridder, Marthasville; vice chair Sally Angell, Centralia; treasurer Larry Runyan, Stewartsville; and secretary Glen Cope, Aurora.
"It's a very exciting time to be in the beef industry," said John Ridder, chairman of the MBIC Board of Directors. "I'm looking forward to working my fellow board members and producers to help promote beef in Missouri."
Justin Brown of Rolla, will represents region three on the MBIC board. He takes the spot of Jim Freeman, who is the most recent chairman of the MBIC board of directors. Justin is a third-generation beef producer. He and his dad, who is also a veterinarian, manage their farm.
Kenny Lenz of Bunceton, is serving a one-year term as the Missouri Dairy Association representative and takes the place of longtime MBIC board member and Cattlemen's Beef Board member Kevin Frankenbach.
Jason McCann of Miller, represents the Missouri Cattlemen's Association in the associations' past-president role. Jason has served on the MCA board since 2005. He and his wife, Mary Lou, and their children farm with Jason's parents and sister's family..
Representatives on the MBIC board now are as follows:
Region 1 – Larry Runyan, Stewartsville; Pat Wood, LaMonte
Region 2 – John Ridder, Marthasville; Sally Angell, Centralia
Region 3 – Justin Brown, Rolla; Gerald Campbell, Licking
Region 4 – Chris Cloud, Carthage; Glen Cope, Aurora
Director at Large – Matt Reynolds, Huntsville
Missouri Association of Meat Processors – Andy Cloud, Carthage
Missouri Cattlemen's Association – Jason McCann, Miller
Missouri Livestock Marketing Association – John Browning, Palmyra
Missouri Dairy Association – Kenny Lenz, Bunceton
It is the responsibility of the MBIC board of directors, along with MBIC staff, to utilize the $1-per-head Beef Checkoff Program, of which 50 cents of every dollar stays in Missouri, to conduct and implement programs in each state that are consistent with the Beef Promotion and Research Act. The councils may invest their 50 cents-per-head funds in beef research, promotion and education.
"The board is made up of Missouri farmers and ranchers who own cattle," said John Kleiboeker, MBIC executive director. "It's important to know that your peers are making the decisions about how to spend beef checkoff dollars."
To learn more about the MBIC board of directors and the Beef Checkoff Program, visit www.MoBeef.org.Source: Missouri Beef Industry Council