NCBA leaders to discuss issues

Leaders from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association will take questions about issues surrounding the beef industry during a live television broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

NCBA President-Elect Steve Foglesong, CEO Forrest Roberts, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Colin Woodall and Chief Economist Gregg Doud will appear on the NCBA's "Cattlemen to Cattlemen" broadcast.

The program will air at 5:30 p.m. on RFD-TV, a national cable network focused on agriculture. The officials will discuss trade, the political climate in Washington, D.C., the impact of mandatory country-of-origin labeling and other issues.

Questions can be submitted to 888-824-6688 or Calls will also be fielded on air.

-- Tim Hearden

Producer elected to CCA post

William Flournoy, a public lands rancher from Likely, Calif., has been elected to a two-year term as a second vice president for the California Cattlemen's Association.

He will travel the state to promote California beef production and share with producers the importance of speaking up for the industry and supporting the membership-driven organization, according to a news release.

Flournoy and his wife, Athena, help run Likely Land and Livestock Co. Flournoy has also been president of the Modoc County Cattlemen's Association and has been a member of the Public Lands Council and the CCA's Public Lands Committee.

He was elected by members at the CCA's conference earlier this month in Sparks, Nev.

-- Tim Hearden

UC-Davis dean honored

The California Cattlemen's Association has honored a university dean for his contributions to the state's beef industry.

The organization gave its Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award to Bennie Osburn, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis.

Osburn has helped drive research toward creation of a foothill abortion vaccine and has led in attracting more large-animal veterinarians to the state, CCA President Tom Talbot said in a statement.

Van Vleck is a past CCA president and livestock production advocate who died in 2005.

The award was given at the CCA's annual convention Nov. 13 in Sparks, Nev.

-- Tim Hearden

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