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Nebraska Cattleman to Lead Division of National Industry Group

Pilger feeder/farmer will chair the Federation of State Beef Councils for FY 2009

KEARNEY, Neb. (Feb. 5, 2009)  – J.D. Alexander, owner of Alexander Cattle and Farms in Pilger, Neb., was elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2009 annual Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show, held last week in Phoenix, Ariz. Stepping into Alexander’s vice chair position is Wyoming dairyman Scott George.  
Alexander, a cattle feeder who served as vice chairman last year, succeeds 2008 Federation chairmanAlan Albright, a farmer/feeder from Lytton, Iowa.   
The Federation is the checkoff division of The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and is comprised of the 45 state beef councils that collect the $1 per-head beef checkoff. The checkoff is paid by beef producers on the sale of cattle and beef products, and is used for beef promotion, research and educational initiatives at the state and national level.
Alexander, who owns a 2,000-acre Nebraska cattle and crop operation, has been active in the beef industry for years. He is a former president of the Nebraska Cattlemen and currently sits on the board of the Nebraska Beef Council. At the national level, he now serves as vice chair of the Global Consumer Marketing Group, which helps oversee checkoff initiatives in veal, international markets, advertising, foodservice and retail. He is a former member of the national Beef Industry Planning Group and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Alexander is also active in his community, having served as chairman of the United Methodist Church board of trustees, as president of a community schools foundation and as a director for banks in Omaha and Pierce, Neb.  
He is a 1975 graduate of South Dakota State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics.



Editor's note: This article is provided by the Nebraska Cattlemen. For more information contact Ann Marie Bosshamer, amb@nebeef.org, Nebraska Beef Council, at 308-236-7551.