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Date: 1/29/2010

Title: Young Producers’ Council Elects New Officers and Board

SAN ANTONIO - The next generation of cattle industry stakeholders from across the nation gathered yesterday to take part in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers’ Council (YPC) business meeting.

In addition to adopting new operating procedures to govern future executive committee and board member appointments, the group also selected its 2010 executive committee and a board of directors. The board members will also represent the council on various NCBA policy committees.

Ben Spitzer of Fairmount, Ga. was appointed chair, and Ben Neal of Nashville, Tenn. was appointed vice chair. Sharon Breiner of Manhattan, Kan. was appointed to a newly created executive committee position of secretary/treasurer. 

Individuals appointed to the YPC board and their respective NCBA policy committees were:

  • Evan Tate, Ky. – Ag Policy
  • Brandon Carlson, Calif. – Cattle Health and Well Being
  • Sarah Baker, Idaho – Federal Lands
  • Travis Hoffman, Colo. – Live Cattle Marketing
  • RaeMarie Gordon, Colo. – Membership
  • Holly Foster, Calif. – Property Rights and Environmental Management
  • Wyatt Prescott, Ariz. – Tax and Credit
  • Tonya Amen, Wisc. – Resolutions

Outgoing chair, Dustin Dean of Texas, will serve on the board in an advisory capacity.

Three task force appointments were also made during the business meeting.

  • Cari Rincker, N.Y. – YPC Public Relations Task Force
  • Anna Aja, Ariz. – YPC Membership Task Force
  • Katy Groseta, Ariz. – YPC Cattle Call Blog Task Force

The Young Producers’ Council was established during the 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver and was initiated to help NCBA members ages 18 to 35 develop their leadership skills and become more involved in NCBA policy development. The group also helps provide networking opportunities, continuing education and professional development activities to its members. YPC members elected their first slate of officers at the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Phoenix, Ariz.

Membership in the council is free to current NCBA members. For more information, become a fan of the Young Producers’ Council on Facebook or visit

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