The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has named Jay Truitt as the next vice president of government affairs in its Washington, D.C., office. Truitt has served as NCBA's executive director of legislative affairs since March 2001.

Leaving the day-to-day operations of his family's cattle operation in 1991, Truitt joined KANZA Inc., a Missouri-based communications and legislative resource for agriculture-related organizations. In 1995, Truitt worked with the Missouri Soybean Programs as director of market development, before becoming executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and CEO of Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation in 1996.

During his tenure at NCBA, Truitt served as NCBA's top lobbyist and has managed the NCBA's policy directives on issues such as tax reform, agriculture policy, and animal identification. Truitt graduated from the U.S. Air Force and University of Maryland with degrees in business and public relations. He replaces Chandler Keys, who left the organization Dec. 31, 2004.

NCBA also announced the promotion of Bryan Dierlam to executive director, government affairs. Dierlam has served as NCBA's director of legislative affairs since March 1999. Dierlam has led some of NCBA's toughest political fights on issues such as farm policy; livestock marketing and risk management, agriculture appropriations, price reporting, and country-of-origin labeling. He holds a B.S. degree in animal science and an M.B.A. in finance from Texas A&M University.

Source: Association Release