Beef producer Hugh Sanburg of Eckert has been elected to serve on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board Operating Committee. The election took place in early February during CBB's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Beef Promotion Operating Committee was created by the Beef Promotion Research Act to help coordinate state and national beef checkoff programs. The 20-person committee includes 10 members of the Cattlemen's Beef Board -- among them the board's three officers and seven others elected directly by Beef Board members. The other 10 members are appointed from the Federation of State Beef Councils.
Sanburg was raised on the family's cattle ranch in western Colorado and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering in 1983. He then moved back to the home ranch and has worked both in cattle ranching and the mining industry for 15 years. He is a managing partner, with his brother, of their cow-calf operation, which is primarily a Horned Hereford herd. In 1986, Sanburg started a Registered Hereford operation to complement the commercial herd. Sanburg is currently a member of the state board of directors for the Colorado Farm Bureau, and he served on the Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association and serves as chairman of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable.
All CBB members are volunteers, and those on the leadership committees are elected by fellow board members for a one-year term. Members of CBB include domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of cattle, beef and beef products.
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.
For more information about the beef checkoff program, visit www.MyBeefCheckoff.com.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.