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Friday, February 15, 2013

New beef board officer team

by WLJ

During its final meeting at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa Feb. 9, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) unanimously elected Weldon Wynn of Star City, AF, to serve as CBB chairman for the coming year; Kim Brackett of Buhl, ID, to serve as vice chairman; and Jimmy Maxey of Fresno, CA, to fill the position of CBB secretary/treasurer for 2013.

CBB also elected members to serve on the CBB Executive Committee and others to fill the CBB seats on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee.

Wynn is an active member of his community and industry, including service on the board of directors of the Pine Bluff National Bank of Star City; former emcee and judge of the National Beef Cook-Off; National Beef Ambassador judge; past president and active member of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association; member of the University of Arkansas Animal Science 2000 Advisory Council; and past president, treasurer, and fair manager of the Lincoln County Fair, among many others.

On CBB, Wynn served as secretary/treasurer during the first half of 2011 before being elected to fill a partial term as vice chairman during the second half of the year, then was elected vice chairman of the board for all of 2012. He has also served on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, the CBB Executive Committee, the Joint Advertising Committee, for which he served as vice chair in 2010, and the Joint Beef Industry Budget Committee.

Brackett is a cow-calf/ stocker from Buhl, ID. She served as secretary/treasurer of CBB in 2012 and also has been an active member with the Idaho Beef Council, having previously served as chair, vice chair and treasurer. Brackett has served on the Idaho Cattle Association, as committee and subcommittee chair; and on the 71 Livestock Association. She was an active member of the CBB and the Joint Producer Education Committee during her first term on the board, and was reappointed by the U.S. secretary of agriculture in December 2011 to serve a second consecutive threeyear term.

Maxey has been highly active in beef industry organizations, including service as president and chairman of the National Meat Association and chairman of the California Beef Council. Maxey grew up on his family’s small cattle ranch and was also very involved in its meat processing plant. After attending Fresno State University, he returned to the family business, including the beef packing and processing plant and the cattle feeding business. Since selling Beef Packers, Inc./ Fresno Meat Co. in 2006, he has remained active in cattle feeding and meat processing by working for his sons at Certified Meat Products. — WLJ

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