The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) elected their new officers during the Strategic Planning Conference, last week. Algona, Iowa hog producer Conley Nelson stepped down as the Chairman. He was succeeded by Cevin Jones of Idaho. However, Iowa is still represented on the board.
Cevin Jones has chaired the Federation of State Beef Councils, served on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, and served as a leader in Idaho. He became involved with USMEF at a young age.
Jones says mad cow disease (BSE) gave him a baptism by fire in the way the meat markets worked on an international level, and how USMEF helped producers through a tough time.
Jones says USMEF is ready to handle the challenges being faced in the coming year.
The departure of Conley Nelson does not mean Iowa is no longer represented on the board. Rock Rapids producer Dean Meyer joined the board as the secretary-treasurer. Meyers raises corn, soybeans, livestock, and is a director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.