DENVER – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association concluded its virtual Winter Business Meeting on Feb. 4 with the election of Jerry Bohn as NCBA president.

Bohn, a cattle producer from Wichita, Kan., and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves, has been a part of the cattle industry his entire life.

“As I look forward to this year as NCBA president, I have immense pride for the cattle industry and our dues-paying members that help to make this the leading cattle organization representing US producers,” Bohn said. “Becoming president is my greatest honor and opportunity to give back to the industry that made me who I am today and for that I am forever grateful.”

Bohn’s years in the cattle industry started early with his family raising cattle in the Flint Hills of Kansas. He served on Kansas State University’s award-winning livestock judging team while he was a student at the university. During his career he served 34 years as the manager of Pratt Feeders, a commercial cattle feeding operation in Pratt, Kan. He now serves on the company’s board of directors. He was the former president of the Kansas Livestock Association, served on the executive committee at NCBA and as a board member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

NCBA’s board of directors approved Bohn’s term as president along with a new team of officers including:

  • Don Schiefelbein, of Minnesota, named president-elect;
  • Todd Wilkinson, of South Dakota, elected vice president;
  • Mark Eisele, Wyoming rancher, elected chair of the NCBA Policy Division;
  • Buck Wehrbein, Nebraska cattle producer, elected policy vice chair;
  • Clay Burtrum, of Oklahoma, elected chair of the NCBA Federation Division; and
  • Brad Hastings, of Texas, elected vice chair of the NCBA Federation Division.

"I have heard quite a few producers in the past year say if you want to get something done in Washington, DC, in agriculture, you better do it with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, or it is not going to get done,” Bohn said. “This is the greatest testament to the grassroots power of our members and state affiliates. It is why I am so proud to represent NCBA as president and it is the reason I get up every day, ready to fight for the American producer."