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Wyoming ranchers named to national association offices


NCBA LEADERS-National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Leadership include (from left to right) Dave True, Craig Uden, Bob McCan, J.D. Alexander, Scott George, Richard Gebhart, Don Pemberton, and Philip Ellis. Not pictured isCevin Jones. (Courtesy photo.)

Scott George, a dairy and beef producer from Cody, Wyo., was officially elected as The National Cattlemen's Beef Association president during the association's board of directors meeting in Tampa, Fla., recently. Philip Ellis of Chugwater, Wyo., was also chosen as the new NCBA Policy Division chairman and Dave True of Casper, Wyo., will continue to serve as NCBA treasurer.

"It is a great honor to be elected to lead NCBA for the next year. The opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women are boundless," said George. "NCBA represents such diversity in the cattle industry. It takes all of us working toward the goal of being successful and providing consumers with the world's safest, highest-quality supply of beef."

George, Ellis and True are all active members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and Ellis is a past president of WSGA.

"We are very proud to have such outstanding men represent Wyoming and the livestock industry at the national level," WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said. "They are stellar examples of the caliber of producers we have in Wyoming."

Other officers elected at the NCBA convention are: NCBA President Elect Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas; Vice President Don Pemberton of Hopkinsville, Ky.; Federation Division Chairman Richard Gebhart of Oklahoma; Federation Division Vice Chair Cevin Jones of Idaho; and Policy Division Vice Chair Craig Uden of Elwood, Neb.

In addition to electing the new officer team on the final day of the convention, NCBA members also voted on new and expiring policy issues, including resolutions on cattle health and well being; food safety; border security and immigration; cattle marketing and trade; federal lands ranching and more. Nearly 30 Wyoming producers and their families participated in the convention.

"I am looking forward to seeing what this year will bring for the cattle industry," said George. "There will always be challenges, from the drought which deeply affected so much of cattle country, to educating our elected officials and consumers about our industry, to continuing to ensure that beef remains an affordable, nutritious choice for families to put on their dinner tables. But like the challenges we've faced in our past, we will overcome hurdles, we will succeed and we will move our industry forward."

Since 1872, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association has served the livestock business and families of Wyoming by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests. We promote the role of the cattle industry in resource stewardship, animal care and the production of high-quality, safe and nutritious beef. Learn more at or call 307-638-3942.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or

Date: 3/4/2013


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