California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross has appointed the initial board for the California Cattle Council (Council). The Council was implemented by CDFA at the industry’s request on April 8, 2019, following a vote of industry members.
The Council is authorized to carry out research on cattle production and beef nutrition, and to develop consumer or other educational programs. Program activities are to be funded by a $1 refundable assessment per head of cattle, paid by cattle producers.
The board is made up of eleven members and eleven alternates, with each group consisting of three range cattle producers, three cattle feeders, three dairy producers, one processor, and one public member (open). The appointees were selected from nominations made by the cattle industry over a six-week nomination period and represent the diversity of cattle producers around the state, as required by the California Cattle Council Law.
Jesse Larios, Imperial County
Mike Smith, Fresno County
William Brandenberg, Imperial County
David Daley, Butte County
Jacob Parnell, Sacramento County
Julie Morris, San Benito County
Cody Nicholson-Stratton, Humboldt County
Jennifer Beretta, Sonoma County
Tyler Ribeiro, Tulare County
Sarah Mora, Humboldt County
The first meeting of the board is scheduled for July 16 in Sacramento. The agenda is being prepared and will be posted to the CDFA website at www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/cattle by July 6, as required. The board roster and background information on the origins of the program are also available on the site.