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Date: 2/3/2012

Title: NCBA Young Producers Council Elects New Leadership

Nashville, TENN. - More than 70 young cattlemen and women from across the nation gathered yesterday to take part in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers’ Council (YPC) business meeting.

“I can’t emphasize enough how important our industry’s young people are to the future of this organization,” said Bill Donald, outgoing president of NCBA, during comments he made to YPC members. “When I look out at this room, I see the future of our industry.” 

A packed meeting agenda included nominating and approving the 2012 YPC executive committee and board of directors. In addition to serving on the board, members will also represent YPC on various NCBA policy committees.

Lance Zimmerman, of Castle Rock, Colo., was elected as chairman. J.W. Wood of Pa’auilo, Hawaii, was elected as vice chair and Travis Hoffman of Fort Collins, Colo., was elected as the council’s secretary. Individuals elected to the YPC board and the NCBA policy committees where they will represent YPC include:

  • Faustine Curry, Texas – Agricultural Policy
  • RaeMarie Gordon, Colo. – Cattle Health and Well Being
  • Sarah Baker, Idaho – Federal Lands
  • Ansen Pond, Texas – Live Cattle Marketing
  • Jen Livsey, Texas – Membership
  • Evan Tate, Ky. – Property Rights and Environmental Management
  • Phillip Weltmer, Kan. – Tax and Credit
  • Jaclyn Wilson-Demel, Neb. – Resolutions

Outgoing chair Ben Neale of McMinnville, Tenn., will serve on the board in an advisory capacity.

In addition to conducting its annual business meeting, YPC members conducted a strategy session with Matt Buyers, vice president of operations and human resources for Five Rivers Feeding. 

This year’s meeting was sponsored by Dupont. YPC was established during the 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference 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.

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

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