My Year as Federation Chairman with Cevin Jones
Idaho cattle feeder Cevin Jones will step down as chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils when the Federation meets Feb. 4-7 at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Tex. Jones says his year as chairman has been interesting, and given him a glimpse into the future.
“It’s been a challenge; I will say that. It’s been a lot of fun working with the other officers and working with committee leadership – very, very exciting. We’ve got just a phenomenal group of people in leadership, and they’re going to do a very good job, and the people coming up behind me, are also going to do a great job going into this next year. It’s been really an enjoyable and fun process.” (25 seconds)
According to Jones, there were numerous steps forward for the Federation during the year.
“We’ve got the Checkoff Enhancement Working Group that’s been working forward, and being part of that, and seeing how that’s been working out. It’s had its ups and downs, but it’s continuing to work forward and it’s going to continue to work forward this next year. The committee changes that we instituted over the past two years, now, I think we’re really starting to see the benefits of that. We started seeing the benefits last year, and then moving forward. Also we’re in the new Long Range Planning cycle process, and we’ve got just a phenomenal group of people there who will be taking a look over this next year into what do they see in the future, and we’ve got some really intelligent, bright people looking at that. That will be a lot of fun to see how that turns out.” (48 seconds)
Jones says others who pay the checkoff should consider getting involved in decision-making capacities. It isn’t as difficult as some might think,
“I started in Idaho, worked my way up through our state cattlemen’s, state beef council. And you know it’s just been fun to do that, to see all the volunteer leaders who are working on behalf of our industry to make it better. And it’s just a lot of fun to see that, and it’s also very comforting to me to know that we have a lot of hard-working volunteers out there that are making the industry better for all of us.” (25 seconds)
According to Jones, those on the outside looking in should weigh in with those they know who are making decisions on checkoff programs at both the state and national levels.
“Probably doesn’t get appreciated enough; so if you know someone who is doing it and doing a good job, be sure to tell them that. We’re all working to make the industry better, for ourselves and for everybody else.” (12 seconds)
The Federation is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. Projects conducted by the beef checkoff must be approved by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.