Nebraska has gained a seventh seat on the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB).

The board consists of 104 domestic beef producers and seven members who represent importers of beef and beef products. It oversees the collection of $1 per head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1 equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products.

Al Svajgr, Cozad; Norman Guenther, Crofton; and Bill Rishel, North Platte, have been appointed to the Beef Board by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman after being nominated by certified nominating organizations. They replace Larry Hudkins, Malcolm, and Paul Grabouski, Beatrice, who both had completed the two terms allowed. The three new board members join Shari Flaming, Paxton; Warren Mitchell, Fairbury; Ann Bruntz, Friend; and John McFadden, Taylor.

The number of board members is established according to the number of cattle in the state or region; 500,000 head for the first board member and 1 million head for each additional member. Importer numbers are established in the same manner.

"Nebraska's producers should be very pleased with additional board seat and with the caliber of its representatives," said Nebraska Cattlemen Executive Vice President Greg Ruehle. "With Nebraska being the lead beef production and beef exporting state, it is important Nebraska producers have their say on the programs and research funded by the Beef Board's checkoff dollars.

Candidates are needed for two vacancies on the 2001 CBB. For more information contact Ruehle, at 402-475-2333.

The Beef Board is responsible for approving the annual budget for its national checkoff-funded programs. The Beef Promotion Operating Committee consists of 20 members, and is responsible for approving projects and funding to carry out programs.

Ten members of the Operating Committee are elected by the Beef Board and 10 represent the Qualified State Beef Councils.

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