COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A cattleman from Sedalia is representing Missouri on the national level on two different beef cattle organizations.

David Dick, immediate past chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, has been re-elected for a second term to serve on the Operating Committee for the Cattlemen's Beef Board. The committee is made up of 20 cattle producer representatives who make decisions about how the $1 per head Beef Checkoff is spent on the national level.

Dick has also been elected to represent Region Three for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

"I now represent Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin on the NCBA executive committee," said Dick. "And I will carry not only the Missouri voice, but the voice of all of Region Three there."

Dick says it's important for Missouri to have a voice on the national level.

"Missouri's the number two state in numbers of beef cattle, we're a cow-calf state and we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 producers," he says. "And Region Three in the number of cattle is second only to Region Two, which is Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma."

Not only does Dick consider it a privilege to serve his fellow producers, he loves doing it.

"I enjoy it. I enjoy what I learn from it and the things that I can find out and bring back here so that our people understand what's going on in the marketplace, or in the production cycle, or in our foreign markets so that they have a better idea of what's happening and maybe they can adjust how they operate," Dick said.

Dick says his main message to fellow producers in Missouri is to let him know what they think or if they have any questions they would like to have answered.

"I'm not afraid to ask questions," he says. "I relish the opportunity and I certainly want to hear from them."

Cattle producers can get a message to David Dick by contacting the Missouri Beef Industry Council office in Columbia or through the MBIC Web site.

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.

SOURCE: Missouri Beef Industry Council via AgNewsWire.