Nebraska Cattlewoman attends elite beef industry conference
Meghan Anderson, a beef cattle specialist with Aurora (Neb.) Cooperative Elevator Company, was one of more than 50 young cattlemen and women selected to participate in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 34th Young Cattlemen’s Conference.
Anderson was sponsored by the Nebraska Cattlemen. The YCC program is a comprehensive, nationwide tour of beef industry sectors, created to enhance leadership skills in your beef industry professionals.
“YCC is a prestigious and competitive program designed to foster the future leadership of our industry,” said Forrest Roberts, NCBA chief executive officer. “The participants selected to attend YCC were chosen because of their exceptional contributions to the beef industry and their potential to be a strong voice in our future development. I look forward to seeing Meghan take an increased leadership role within NCBA and the beef industry.”
In her position with Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company, Anderson works with cow-calf and backgrounding operations, helping them with nutrition and management needs. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she competed on the equestrian team and earned her bachelor’s of science, double majoring in animal science and agricultural communications.
Anderson also works alongside her husband, Troy and his parents, on the family’s cow-calf ranch, located near Guide Rock, Neb. The herd consists of purebred and commercial Angus cows. They also background calves and develop replacement heifers. Anderson and her husband have been married six years and have one child.
The eight-day tour began at NCBA headquarters in Denver, where participants were given an organizational overview of NCBA and the Beef Checkoff Program. While in Denver, the group also heard from representatives of Cattle Fax and the U.S. Meat Export Federation. They toured a Safeway retail store and learned about Rancher’s Reserve brand beef marketing efforts. The group spent a day in Greeley, Colo., visiting JBS Five Rivers feed yards and processing facilities.
“It is really important for participants to see each sector of the beef industry—from farm to fork,” Anderson said. “Traveling from a cow-calf ranch to a feedlot and processing plant really drives home the point that our industry is composed of many sectors, sectors that are all striving to produce a healthy end product.”
In Chicago, the group met with the senior management of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at the Chicago Board of Trade. The group had the opportunity to watch the activity on the trading floor and witness futures trading firsthand. Participants also visited Otto & Sons Industries, a family owned company providing quality products and custom solutions for the food industry since 1909. This tour offered a view of how boxed beef is turned into custom order portions for both major restaurant chains and some of the nation’s top steakhouses.
The group traveled to Washington, D.C., where participants received an issues briefing from NCBA’s government affairs staff about policy issues currently facing the cattle industry. The group then traveled to Aldie, Va., for a tour and barbecue at Whitestone Farms, one of the nation’s elite purebred Angus operations.
The next day, these future leaders were given the opportunity to visit one-on-one with members of their state’s congressional delegation, expressing their viewpoints regarding the beef industry and their cattle operations. During their congressional visits, participants focused on issues including the 2013 farm bill, federal lands ranching and overreaching regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. They finished the day with a reception hosted by John Deere at the company’s Washington office.