Kansas Recruits Most New NCBA Members

US - Tracy Brunner of Ramona, Kan., has won the 2008 Top Hand Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) for recruiting the most new members to the organization during fiscal 2008, which ended Sept. 30.
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Brunner brought in 57 new members during the year, and receives for his efforts a dream vacation or custom saddle, two airline tickets to either the 2008 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix or the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, registration and three nights lodging at either the convention or conference, and a personalized Schaefer vest.

Brunner, a fourth generation rancher, has been an NCBA member since 1996 and is active in NCBA efforts. He is on the NCBA Board of Directors in the Policy Division and serves on the Product Enhancement Committee. He is also president of the Kansas Livestock Association.

“Our Top Hand members are an elite group that helps keep NCBA vibrant,” according to Andy Groseta, a beef producer from Cottonwood, Ariz., and NCBA President. “We depend on these and other current members to help bring in new people to NCBA, giving the organization greater strength and renewed energy. Together with our 110-year foundation, our educational efforts, our aggressive defense of cattlemen, and our reputation in Washington, D.C. and around the country, our renewed membership helps us in our quest for a healthy and successful cattle industry.”

Overall, membership and revenues increased significantly for NCBA in fiscal 2008, which ended Sept. 30. NCBA membership grew 6.7 percent over the previous year to 30,647, while revenues from membership grew 8.3 percent over fiscal 2007. Membership in the organization has grown 24 percent over the last 3 years.

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