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BIF Selects New Board, Officers

2023-2024 BIFF Board of Directors are (seated, from left) Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kan., president; Gordon Jones, Lafayette, Tenn., vice president; Joe Epperly, Albion, Neb., past president; Troy Rowan, University of Tennessee, BIF eastern region secretary; Megan Rolf, Kansas State University, BIF central region secretary; Mark Enns, Colorado State University, BIF western region secretary; Matt Spangler, USDA Extension Service representative; and Bob Weaber, Kansas State University, BIF executive director. Back row (l to r) are: Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, N.C.; Michaela Clowser, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Robert Williams, Post Falls, Idaho, historian; Kelli Retallick, American Angus Association; Craig Hays, Pierce, Colorado; Hal Nixdorff, Canadian Beef Breeds Council representative; Warren Snelling, USDA Ag Research Service representative; Don Trimmer, NAAB representative; Ken Odde, Pollock, South Dakota; Jackie Atkins, American Simmental Association; Megan Slater, American Gelbvieh Association; and Kajal Devani, Canadian Angus Association. Not pictured are John Irvine, Manhattan, Kan.; Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Association; Shane Bedwell. American Hereford Association; and Johnny Rogers, Roxboro, North Carolina.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced new directors and officers July 5 during the group’s annual symposium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kansas, was introduced as the 2023-24 BIF president during the Wednesday awards luncheon. Gordon Jones, Lafayette, Tenn., is the new vice president.

Directors reelected to serve on the BIF board were breed association representatives Kelli Retallick, American Angus Association, and Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association. John Irvine, Manhattan, Kansas, was reelected to the board as a central region director. Craig Hays, Pierce, Colorado, and Johnny Rogers, Roxboro, North Carolina, were elected to their first term as a producer representatives.

More than 350 beef producers, academia and industry representatives attended the organization’s 55th Annual Research Symposium and Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.

For more information about this year’s symposium, including award winners and video archives of the symposium, visit

The 2024 BIF Convention and Research Symposium will be June 10-13, 2024, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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