USDA Announces Appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

November 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of 40 members to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Thirty-nine members will serve three-year terms and one appointee will serve the remaining one-year portion of a vacant position.

Newly appointed members are:

  • William Aubrey Blackmon, Houston, Ark.
  • Jody Rogers, Yuma, Colo.
  • Dwain Johnson, Archer, Fla.
  • Trish Dowton, Ellis, Idaho
  • Justin Rahn, Mount Carroll, Ill.
  • Norman D. Voyles Jr., Martinsville, Ind.
  • Ross Havens, Wiota, Iowa
  • Jenni Peters, Bellevue, Iowa
  • Byron Lehman, Newton, Kan.
  • Amy Langvardt, Alta Vista, Kan.
  • Shane Wiseman, Winchester, Ky.
  • Jeri L. Hanson, Comfrey, Minn.
  • Tammy Bartholomew, Archie, Mo.
  • Bill McLaren, Pacific, Mo.
  • Lynda Joyce Grande, Columbus, Mont.
  • Torri Ortiz Lienemann, Princeton, Neb.
  • Herbert B. Rhodes, Omaha, Neb.
  • Rich Brown, Maryland, N.Y.
  • Mary J. Graner, Huff, N.D.
  • Kathryn Sautter, Tiro, Ohio
  • Jean Lam, Pauls Valley, Okla.
  • Jason Hitch, Guymon, Okla.
  • Cheryl DeVuyst, Morrison, Okla. (1-year term)
  • Katharine Jackson, Myrtle Creek, Ore.
  • Diane M. Hoover, Lebanon, Pa.
  • Cory Eich, Canova, S.D.
  • Celeste D. Blackburn, Jefferson City, Tenn.
  • Claudia Scott Wright, Richmond, Texas
  • Seth A. Denbow, Weatherford, Texas
  • Anne Ilse Anderson, Austin, Texas
  • Debbie Gill, College Station, Texas
  • Brian Malaer, Harwood, Texas
  • William H. McDonald, Blacksburg, Va.
  • Daphne R. Holterman, Watertown, Wis.
  • Marty Stingley, Ellensburg, Wash., Northwest Unit
  • Bill Lipscomb, Prattville, Ala., Southeast Unit
  • Danny C. Bentley, Thomaston, Ga., Southeast Unit
  • Mike Echeverria, Bakersfield, Calif., Southwest Unit
  • Cathy Jauch, Plymouth, Calif., Southwest Unit
  • Dana Ehrlich, Newton, Mass., Importer

More information about the board and a list of board members is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service Cattlemen's Beef Board web page. More information can also be found on the board’s website,

Since 1966, Congress has authorized industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight to 21 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity, and is paid for by industry assessments.

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