Jerry Effertz
NCBA Federation Division Chairman

Effertz and his wife, Norma, operate Black Butte Acres Limousin Ranch, raising seedstock Limousin cattle and backgrounding feeder calves. To educate people about the cattle business and stewardship of the land, they also operate Black Butte Adventures, which includes hiking and biking trails as well as farm tours. Effertz, the third generation of his family to own and operate their farm and ranch, also served in leadership positions in state and national beef industry organizations, including the North Dakota Beef Commission, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and several beef checkoff committees.   

Dawn Caldwell
NCBA Federation Division Vice Chairman

Dawn Caldwell, a beef producer from Edgar, Neb., is currently serving as the vice chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils of NCBA.

Caldwell and her husband, Matt, have a cow-calf operation in Clay County that was started by Matt’s grandparents. She has served on numerous state and national committees, including as vice chairman of the Nebraska Beef Council, chair of the ag policy committee of the Nebraska Farm Bureau and on the NCBA Executive Committee representing the Federation. She is also active in local organizations, including as a 4-H leader and in her local church, St. James Lutheran Church.

In addition to serving as 2017 vice chairman of the Federation, Caldwell will serve on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC), which helps determine funding for beef checkoff projects at the national level.

Federation Members of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC)

The Federation chair and vice chair always serve on the BPOC. The other eight Federation members are elected by the Federation’s Board of Directors. BPOC members serve one-year terms and are eligible to be nominated to run for subsequent terms. No member shall serve more than six consecutive terms.

Jerry Effertz, ND, Federation Division Chair

Dawn Caldwell, NE, Federation Division Vice Chair

Clay Burtrum, OK

Brent Buckley, HI

Gary Deering, SD

Steve Hanson, NE

Kristin Larson, MT

Scott McGregor, IA

Laurie Munns, UT

Buck Wehrbein, NE

NCBA Executive Committee - Federation Division

Region I

Bill Sexten, OH

Region II

Mark Pendleton, NC

Region III

Katie Brenny, MN

Region IV

Weldon Wynn, AR

Region V

Dan Hinman, ID

Region VI

Lucy Rechel, NV

Region VII

Barb Downey, KS




Beef Council Revenue Seats


Jaret Moyer, KBC, (3 yr)


Buck Wehrbein, NBC, (2 yr)


Brad Hastings, TXBC, (3 yr)



Advisory Leadership - Federation Advisory Council

This committee consists of state beef council executive directors, who provide insight about state issues to Federation leadership:

George Quackenbush, MI, Chair

Ann Marie Bosshamer, NE, Vice Chair

Patti Brumbach, WA, Past Chair

Bridget Bingham, PA

Reid Blossom, IL

Bill Dale, CA

Karin Schaefer, MN

Kevin Thielen, KS

Richard Wortham, TX




Federation information on this page funded by the Beef Checkoff.

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