AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa beef industry veterans have been named to national leadership roles in the Beef Checkoff for 2020. Scott McGregor of Nashua will serve as vice chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils, while Dan Hanrahan of Cumming will serve as a Federation representative on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee.
McGregor and Hanrahan will represent Iowa’s beef producers in helping guide spending of national funds collected through the $1-per-head mandatory Beef Checkoff. The elections were announced at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, in early February.
McGregor is a partner with two brothers in McGregor Farms, Inc., in Northeast Iowa and has been active in beef industry organizations for more than 30 years, serving as a leader at the county, state and national levels. Since 1998 he has served as a board member on the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC), filling every IBIC officer role.
At the national level McGregor was vice chair and chair of numerous Beef Checkoff committees, including the Foodservice Committee, the Value Committee and Consumer Trust Committee. He became a member of the Nutrition Health Committee in 2019 and has also served as a member of the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board.
Hanrahan and his family have a 120-head cow/calf operation in northeast Madison County, selling feeder cattle and raising registered Angus bulls for their neighbors. He was a participant in the American Angus Association Beef Leaders Institute in 2011 and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program in 2012. He served as president of his county cattlemen’s association in 2014/15 and been active on ICA committees.
An IBIC director since 2017, Hanrahan now serves as the organization’s secretary. He has been an IBIC representative to the Federation since 2017 and served on the national Beef Checkoff Export Growth Committee. He also serves on the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Bovine Advisory Committee.
“The elevation of Scott and Dan to national leadership demonstrates their commitment to the beef industry and their knowledge of and dedication to the Beef Checkoff,” said Janine Moore, What Cheer, Iowa beef producer and IBIC Chair. “Iowa beef producers will be well-served by the work they will do to help invest beef checkoff dollars wisely in promotion, education and research programs at the national level.”
Formed in 1963, the Federation of State Beef Councils acts as a voice for state beef councils throughout the country. It is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), which is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. The Beef Checkoff is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Beef Promotion Operating Committee is a 20-member body that determines how Beef Checkoff funds will be spent at the national level. Ten BPOC members are elected by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, while ten are elected by the Federation.
— Iowa Beef Industry Council
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