Young Producer Leaders Help Shape the Future of the Industry

DENVER (July 30, 2010) — Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers’ Council (YPC) held their biannual business meeting yesterday evening during the NCBA Summer Conference. During the meeting, the group discussed initiatives for the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to better serve the unique membership needs of young producers between the ages of 18 to 35.

“We want to create opportunities for our young members to grow in this organization,” said Andy Groseta, past president of NCBA who attended the meeting. “This group represents the future of our industry and it is important that we offer them avenues to gain a better understanding of our association and their impact on its future.”

In addition to discussing plans for upcoming meetings and opportunities for leadership development, YPC members continued developing several social media programs that they are using to promote their group and the cattle industry in general. Policy issues, including the proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock marketing were also key points for discussion.

“Our board of directors and committee leaders are made up of young producers from across the country who represent a diverse cross-section of today’s industry,” said Ben Spitzer, YPC chairman. “We’ve got everything from an attorney based in New York specializing in agricultural law to members who have returned to production agriculture and are raising cattle on farms and ranches throughout the country. The issues that addressed and the decisions made during Summer Conference will impact our future. Therefore, it’s critical that members of YPC continue to stay active and engaged in this association.”

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.

Board members also serve as liaisons for YPC to various NCBA committees. This year’s current board members and their respective NCBA committee assignments are: Ben Spitzer, Ga., chairman; Ben Neale, Tenn., vice chairman; Sharon Breiner, Kan., secretary/treasurer; Evan Tate, Ky., agricultural 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.

Immediate past chairman Dustin Dean, Texas, serves the board in an advisory capacity. Three YPC members are in active serve the council in task force appointments that were made during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show: 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.

“YPC was established to help younger producers gain more effective leadership skills and to give them an opportunity to become involved in NCBA,” said Spitzer. “This is our chance as young members to learn about the grass roots workings of NCBA from the ground up and gain valuable experiences that will benefit our industry and the association in the future.”