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Greenfield farmer named to beef board

Greenfield farmer named to beef board
Greenfield farmer named to beef board | Ronnie Yeargin

Ronnie Yeargin

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently appointed Tennessee beef producer Ronnie Yeargin to a three-year term on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board, which oversees administration of the national Beef Checkoff Program.
Yeargin participated in a two-day new-member orientation in Denver in January and was seated for his first meeting of the full Beef Board at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Denver in February, becoming one of 106 producers and importers nationwide representing all cattlemen by making recommendations about how to invest national beef checkoff dollars.
A lifelong farmer, Yeargin runs a cow-calf and backgrounder operation in Greenfield, in addition to farming corn, soybeans and wheat. He was nominated to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and has also served the industry through the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, and the Weakley County Farm Bureau. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee. Yeargin also is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and a member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church.
The mission of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board is to build demand for beef through promotion, research and information programs of the national Beef Checkoff Program. During recent orientations and their first Board meeting in Denver, Yeargin and other new Beef Board members learned about their volunteer checkoff role during the next three years – including their work on checkoff committees to prioritize strategies aimed at leveraging beef producers’ checkoff dollars on the research, educational and promotional efforts that they believe offer the biggest return on producers’ investment and to make annual recommendations for checkoff funding of specific programs.
For more information about the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Beef Checkoff Program, go to
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

wcp 3/31/11

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