Area beef producer elected to leadership role

Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Farm Forum

Beef producer Gary Sharp of Bath, S.D., has been elected to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board Executive Committee. The election took place in early February during CBB’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Executive Committee operates under the direction of, and within the policies established by, the full Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and is responsible for carrying out Beef Board policies, conducting business between meetings of the full Board and making decisions necessary to administer the terms and provisions of the Act and Order that established CBB.

Sharp and his wife Donna, also a former Beef Board member, have been very active in the dairy and beef industries. They operate Sharp’s Inc. with their sons and families, running a cow-calf operation, selling and custom raising breeding cattle, operating a feedlot, and farming. Sharp also is a nationally licensed livestock appraiser, and is a veteran 1st Lieutenant of the U.S. Air Force. His list of service to agriculture and his community is quite long, among it service as president of the Northern Electric Cooperative, director of the hospital board, and District 91 president of Associated Milk Producers. He also is a past director of the South Dakota Beef Council, the South Dakota Agricultural & Rural Leadership Advisory Board, the South Dakota 4-H Foundation, and the Dairymen’s Association of South Dakota.

The 100-member beef board is led by Chairman Brett Morris, Oklahoma; Vice Chairman Joan Ruskamp of Nebraska; and Secretary-Treasurer Chuck Coffey, also of Oklahoma. Immediate past chairman Anne Anderson, Texas, serves as an advisor to the executive committee.

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.

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Gary Sharp. Courtesy photo