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South Dakota's Bryan Hanson Named Vice President of the Board

Billings, Mont. — Bryan Hanson of Fort Pierre, S.D. was recently elected as vice president of the board of directors. Hanson will finish the term left vacant by the untimely passing of Joel Gill.

1) Why did you get involved with R-CALF USA?
"I got involved in R-CALF USA after realizing how powerful the major meat packers had gotten by buying up all their competition. They not only control the market place, but have become such a powerful voice in politics due to their tremendous source of finance. It appeared to me that R-CALF USA was the only national organization that represented only the cattle producer, and not a cross section of the cattle industry."

2) What are some of R-CALF USA's featured accomplishments, in your opinion?
"The closing of the Canadian Border, the stopping of the JBS-National merger, and the continual red flags of financial handling's of your Beef Checkoff Dollars would be a good start."

3) What would you like to accomplish as vice president?
"I would like to see a continual rise in our membership. Membership is a key to having a respected voice in the political arena, and also allows us to keep the doors open."

4) Why do you think it is critical that every U.S. cattle producer be a part of R-CALF USA?
"I believe that all producers should have a voice when it comes to their livelihood. R-CALF USA not only gives them a voice, but keeps them informed of the many issues facing our industry. Without an independent organization like R-CALF USA, I believe our cattle industry would be subject to the same unfair pricing and uncompetitive contracts that you see now in the pork and poultry industry."

5) What do you see as specific challenges to our industry?
"I believe that the importation of live cattle and meat from 3rd world countries such as Brazil and Argentina will be detrimental to our U.S. Cattle Industry. Those 3rd world countries don't have near the safeguards in place on their disease control, and it appears to me they don't follow the rules they do have in place."

Editor's Note: This article is from R-CALF USA.