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Date: 2/7/2007

Title: 2007 NCBA Officers Elected

DENVER - North Carolina cattleman John Queen will lead the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in 2007 as its new president. Queen succeeds Missouri cattleman Mike John. He was elected by his NCBA peers at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, which concluded Feb. 3.

Queen is the owner of John Queen Farms, a third-generation cattle farm founded in 1917 near Waynesville, in the western mountain region of North Carolina. His background in the beef industry includes cow/calf producer, stocker/backgrounder, feeder and grazer.  He has also been an auction barn owner and operator, and is currently owner of Southeast Livestock Exchange, a video-telemarketing company. “I joined my state cattlemen’s association in 1973 and the national organization in 1977. And back then, I never could have imagined being NCBA president,” Queen said. “But it’s truly a dream come true. I’m proud to be representing all NCBA members, and fighting for our rights.” 

Queen said one of his primary goals is to continue NCBA’s momentum in terms of membership growth. NCBA membership grew by more than 8 percent in 2006, surpassing 28,000 members nationwide. In NCBA Region II, made up of eight Southeastern states, membership grew by more than 75 percent in the past year. “Cattlemen are really coming to see the value of NCBA membership,” Queen said. “They understand that it’s important to be part of something bigger than themselves, if they are going to be successful and profitable.”

Queen has served as president of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and president of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Foundation. He is also a member and director of the Haywood County (N.C.) Cattlemen’s Association. He graduated from Carolina Universitywith a double major in business and sociology.

Guymon, Okla., cattle feeder Paul Hitch was chosen as NCBA president-elect. Hitch has chaired NCBA’s Policy Division and its Live Cattle Marketing Committee, and he served as NCBA vice president in 2006. He has also chaired the boards of directors of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Oklahoma Beef Industry Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in business administration from Stanford University.

Andy Groseta, a third-generation cattleman from Cottonwood, Ariz., was elected NCBA vice-president. He previously served as NCBA Policy Division chairman. Groseta has served as chairman of the NCBA Federal Lands Committee, chairman of Arizona Cattle Growers Association Federal Lands Committee, and represents as a director of the Public Lands Council. Groseta holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and animal science and a master’s degree in agricultural education from the University Arizona.

Steve Foglesong of Astoria, Ill., was elected as NCBA Policy Division chairman for 2007. Foglesong has chaired NCBA’s Membership and Association Services Committee and is a past president of the Illinois Beef Association. Melville, Mont., rancher Bill Donald will serve as Policy Division vice chair. Gary Voogt of Marne, Mich., was elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils Division of NCBA for 2007. Lytton, Iowa, cattleman Alan Albright will serve as vice chair of the Federation Division.



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