Rogers County, Oklahoma cattleman Richard Gebhart has been chosen for a national beef industry leadership post.
Gebhart has been selected as chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils, a division of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Gebhart served as Federation vice chair last year, says Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council in Oklahoma City.
Gebhart will lead the activities of the Federation, the 45 state beef counties that collect the $1-per-head beef check-off. States may retain up to 50 cents of the check-off dollar and forward the other 50 cents to the Cattlemen's Beef Board for national and international beef marketing efforts.
As chairman, Gebhart also will serve on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, a 20-member producer group that establishes the annual national check-off plan. The BPOC plan is approved by the CBB Board, with final approval from the USDA.
Gebhart and his family operate the Beacon Hill Ranch near Langley, Okla., which has been a family-owned Hereford ranch since 1909. He is recipient of the Golden Hereford Breeder Award and has been active in coordinating adult and youth shows for the Hereford breed, particularly at the Tulsa and Oklahoma state fairs.
He has a long history of volunteer leadership in the beef industry, serving in positions with the Oklahoma Beef Council, the Oklahoma Hereford Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, and the Rogers County Cattlemen's Association.
Gebhart is professor of operations management and director of assessment in the business college at the University of Tulsa. He holds a law degree from the University of Tulsa; an MBA from Syracuse University; and a master's degree in agricultural economics/animal science from Mississippi State University.
The Oklahoma Beef Council works to promote the beef industry in Oklahoma and at the national and international levels. For more information about the Council, you can go online and visit www.oklabeef.org.