Jennifer Houston, a livestock market operator from Sweetwater, Tenn., was elected chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, last week.
Elected vice chair was Steve Hanson, a cow-calf operator from Elsie, Neb.
The Federation of State Beef Councils is the national home of state beef councils and a division of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program.
In addition to Houston and Hanson, other Federation members of the BPOC for 2015 are Austin Brown III, Texas; Clay Burtrum, Oklahoma; Dawn Caldwell, Nebraska; Terri Carstensen, Iowa; Jerry Effertz, North Dakota; Cevin Jones, Idaho; Scott McGregor, Iowa; and Kristin Larson, Montana. Jones is past chair of the Federation.
The CBB also appoints 10 members to the BPOC.
Federation presents grants
Also at the Convention, the Federation Executive Committee approved six grants to five state beef councils worth $32,950 through its Federation Initiative Fund program. The state beef councils and respective programs are:
• California Beef Council, Consumer-focused Mobile Application Development: $14,000;
• Georgia Beef Board, Culinary Student Farm Tours: $2,100;
• Indiana Beef Council, two grants), American Culinary Federation Tour, $2,000, and Indiana Team BEEF, $2,050;
• Michigan Beef Industry Commission, Fitness Influencer Education and Outreach, $9,050; and
• Wisconsin Beef Council, Farm to Fork Tour, $3,750.
The Federation Initiative Fund has awarded about $2.3 million to 22 states conducting more than 190 programs since it was started in 2006. Additional projects will be considered at the 2015 Summer Conference in July.
The Federation at the convention expressed appreciation for efforts of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group. Members passed a resolution stating the Federation "supports the work of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group and that the Federation continue as a resource in this process."