The 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show concluded Friday with the NCBA board of directors and membership meetings, where Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, was named NCBA president during the association's board of directors meeting.
McCan encouraged NCBA members to join him in leading this great industry—and the association—to an even stronger future.
"It is a great honor to be elected to lead NCBA for the next year. A strong future lies ahead of us with endless opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women," said McCan. "There are many issues that need our attention, and my goal is to bring unity to our efforts to address them. In addition, I look forward to meeting cattlemen throughout the country to hear their concerns and work to make our industry as successful as it can be."
The new NCBA President Elect is Philip Ellis of Wyoming. Tracy Brunner of Kansas is NCBA's new vice president. Cevin Jones of Idaho was elected chairman of the NCBA Federation Division, and Jennifer Houston of Tennessee is the Federation Division's vice chair. The new NCBA Policy Division chairman is Craig Uden of Nebraska and Kevin Kester of California is the new policy vice chairman.
In addition to electing the new officer team on the final day of the convention, committees and the Board of Directors also voted on policy issues, including resolutions on cattle health and well-being; cattle marketing and international trade; federal lands ranching and more.
A record-setting number of over 8,200 cattlemen and women attended the industry's convention. This year's convention participants heard from industry leaders, gathered insight on industry trends, met with their fellow cattlemen and women, and enjoyed a night at the Grand Ole Opry in the heart of Nashville.
The NCBA Trade Show was the largest ever this year with more than 300 exhibitors. New to the Trade Show this year was two education areas on the show floor with a demonstration area for live animals and a learning lounge for classroom-style presentations. These areas focused on valuable educational tips and Beef CheckOff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program Stockmanship and Stewardship.
McCan said he will enjoy traveling to many states this coming year to meet with producers.
"Our strength as an organization and as an industry will only be as strong as the producers in it," said McCan. "I look forward to working with our state affiliates and our state beef councils to build programs that will have the most impact on our operations and industry."