Charles E. "Charlie" Ball, longtime executive vice president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), was buried June 8 near his childhood home of Paris, TX. He died June 4 in Amarillo.
Ball was a trained ag engineer and worked as an ag writer for 24 years. Ball was chief author of the Beef Research and Information Act signed into law in 1976 by President Ford. It set up a collections program designed to raise $30-$40 million/year for research and market development. The next year, it failed in referendum but set the stage for the successful national checkoff effort in 1988.
Ball was the author of three books -- "Saddle Up," a book on western horsemanship; "The Finishing Touch," a history of TCFA and the cattle-feeding industry; and "Building the Beef Industry," a history of the people, places, politics and issues that shaped the beef industry. He received many awards during his life, including being named to BEEF magazine's "25 Who Made a Difference" in 1989 and the "BEEF Top 40" in September 2004.