Jennifer Houston of Tennessee was named president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans last week, as Marty Smith of Florida became NCBA president-elect. Jerry Bohn (Kansas) was elected NCBA vice president. Don Schiefelbein (Minnesota) was elected chair of the NCBA Policy Division and Todd Wilkinson (South Dakota) was elected vice chair. Laurie Munns (Utah) was elected chair of the NCBA Federation Division and Buck Wehrbein (Nebraska) was elected vice chair.
Houston and her husband, Mark, own and operate East Tennessee Auction Market in Sweetwater. She has been active in the beef industry for more than 30 years, first serving at the state level and has been an NCBA board member since 1996.
Smith is a rancher and an attorney from Wacahoota, Florida where he operates Smith Brothers-Wacahoota, LLC, a cow/calf operation that has been in continuous operation since 1852. He is also the son of Jo Ann Smith, the first woman president of NCBA in 1985 and first chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board in 1986.
Elected to serve on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee from the Federation, joining Munns, Wehrbein and ten members elected from the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, were: Katie Brenny (Minnesota), Gary Deering (South Dakota), Bradley Hastings (Texas), Chris Jeffcoat (Pennsylvania), Clark Price (North Dakota), Jeff Rudolph (Nebraska), Don Terry (Tennessee) and VeaBea Thomas (South Dakota).
Listen to interviews with Houston and Smith here:
New NCBA president Jennifer Houston