Lloyd honored with 2009 BIF Continuing Service Award
The Beef Improvement Federation honored Renee Lloyd, Johnston, Iowa, with a Continuing Service Award during the organization's 41st Research Symposium and Annual Meeting, April 30 to May 3, in Sacramento, Calif.
Lloyd is an account executive with McCormick Company, a full-service sales communication firm, located near Des Moines, Iowa. She works with agricultural clients on their marketing campaigns and communications initiatives.
Prior to joining McCormick Company, Lloyd served for 10 years as the director of production education with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Centennial, Colo. While at the NCBA, she led producer education initiatives, including the Cattlemen's College, the Cattle Learning Center and the Integrated Resource Management programs.
During her tenure with NCBA, she staffed many producer-leader working groups, councils and committees and assisted with the Beef Quality Assurance efforts. She also was a field producer for NCBA's weekly television program, Cattlemen to Cattlemen. She was also a tireless representative to the board of directors for the BIF. She was an important voice for the BIF and genetic improvement on the national beef cattle scene.
Lloyd was instrumental in the planning and implementation of many symposia and other producer education initiatives as a part of the BIF team. She was a champion of finding resources to assure that the BIF proceedings were first-rate. A valued member of the annual meeting planning and implementation team for the 39th BIF Research Symposium and Annual Meeting in 2007, she never faltered in her responsibilities.
Before joining NCBA, she was employed as an area agricultural economist for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Ada, Okla., and Enid, Okla. During her 10-year career with the Extension Service, she worked one-on-one with farmers and ranchers and developed educational programs in areas like cattle and grain market outlook, computer record keeping, financial planning and ag policy. She also assisted with the 4-H and junior livestock activities at the county and district levels.
Lloyd grew up in west central Illinois on a livestock and grain operation. She studied agricultural economics and earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., and a master's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va. As a fourth generation beef producer, she still is involved with the family cattle operation in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews on the family farm.