Terri Carstensen, a cattle feeder from Odebolt, was re-elected chairperson of the Iowa Beef Industry Council at the January 2007 board meeting. She will lead the group of beef producers who oversee the beef checkoff program for Iowa's 31,000 beef producers.
Will Frazee, cattle feeder from Emerson, was re-elected vice-chairman. The treasurer is Dan Cook, cattle producer from New Providence, and secretary is Elaine Utesch, cow/calf producer and feedlot operator from Correctionville. Stan Zylstra, cattle feeder from Hull, is also a director. These five directors are elected by cattle producers at the annual meeting held each December.
Other members serving on the Iowa Beef Industry Council Executive Committee are Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University; and Phil Schooley of Bloomfield, an auction market owner representing the Iowa Livestock Market Association.
New one-year director
Newly approved for a one-year term is Doug Rock, feeder from Swea City. Cattle producers also serving one-year terms are Alan Albright, Lytton; Tom Hotz, Lone Tree; Scott McGregor, Nashua; Helen Wiese, Manning; Del Ranney, Lamoni.
The Iowa Beef Industry Council administers the Iowa portion of the national beef checkoff. The 2006-2007 Iowa budget will invest about $1.65 million in state and national beef promotion, research, consumer information and industry information programs. In addition, Iowa forwards approximately $1.65 million to the National Cattlemen's Beef Board to be distributed to national beef promotion programs to market beef domestically and internationally. For more information, contact Iowa Beef Industry Council, Box 451, Ames, IA 50010, phone (515) 296-2305 or go to www.iabeef.org.
Producer-directed and consumer-focused, the Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.