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Working Ranch April/May 2016

THE RUNDOWN North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association – Founded in 1956 – 3500 total membership – Focus-current beef issues, practical research efforts and advocacy – Bryan Blinson, Executive Director – www.nccattle.com INTERVIEW WITH BRYAN BLINSON WR What’s been the biggest opportunity you’ve had along the way? BB About 20 years ago, circumstances led us into being more proactive with the Beef Quality Assurance program. We’ve made a big push towards it over the years, and it’s popular with producers. It also creates an advocacy opportunity; we’ve been able to team up with the FFA program in the state, and vocational agriculture teachers are having students complete the program and get certifi ed, whether they are interested in beef or not. It allows them to see what producers are doing, and they are able to go out and advocate for us. WR Speaking of advocacy, what are some efforts you are involved in? BB We’ve been able to work together with the pork, poultry and soybean organizations, along with Farm Bureau to come together and pool resources to put on events, create videos and utilize social media to promote modern agriculture. A look at your local cattle organizations Editor: We asked our trusted Colorado-based freelancer Kacy Atkinson to write down each state on a piece of paper and put it in a jar. The fi rst one she drew was North Carolina, so that’s the fi rst state we’re going to feature in this new column. The goal is to introduce our readers to what each state’s cattle association / organization is up to, and inspire membership growth within those organizations. In other words, I’m saying “Join Today”. Together we will keep our industry strong. Plus, it sets a good example for the kids. 100 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2016


Working Ranch April/May 2016
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