NCBA Membership Growth Strong in 2006
DENVER - Membership in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has grown by more than 8 percent in 2006, while dues revenue increased by more than 12 percent. While NCBA’s membership surge is strongest in the Southeast region, recruitment efforts nationwide have resulted in positive membership growth in 35 states.
The eight states comprising NCBA Region II (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) achieved the strongest regional membership growth, as NCBA’s Region II members increased by 75 percent. The Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association showed the largest increase in NCBA members of any single state, growing its membership by almost 125 percent. The Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association took top honors in dues growth, increasing dues revenue by over 230 percent.
For their recruitment efforts, both the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association and Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association will receive a one-year lease on a round baler, courtesy of New Holland.
NCBA’s Top Hand Club was a key factor in this year’s membership results. Top Hand Club members must recruit three new NCBA members during a single calendar year, then two new members in each subsequent year to remain a Top Hand. This year, 213 NCBA members achieved Top Hand status, an increase of 37 percent. These cattlemen recruited a total of 2257 new members to NCBA, an increase of 25 percent over 2005.
“It is gratifying to see this strong membership growth, because it tells me that cattlemen across the nation are responding to a positive message,” said Mike John, NCBA president from Huntsville, Mo., and former NCBA membership chairman. “NCBA is about growing this industry and increasing opportunities - not only for this generation of cattlemen, but for our children and grandchildren as well. A strong association will help us realize that dream.”
NCBA membership chairman R.J. Jolly of Kit Carson, Colo., said face-to-face communication remains the most critical element to achieving membership growth.
“There’s just no substitute for personal contact – one-on-one, cattleman-to-cattleman,” Jolly said. “Our Top Hand Club members really deserve a tip of the hat, because they’ve done a great job of spreading NCBA’s message and philosophy.”
New NCBA members are encouraged to attend local and state cattlemen’s association meetings, many of which are being held in November and December, as well as the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show, which is set for Jan. 31 – Feb. 3 in Nashville.