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County Cattle Affiliates Receive Recognition
Missouri Ag Connection - 01/12/2021

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association recognized five county affiliates for their strong membership and diligent efforts in promoting the cattle industry. The awards were presented during the 53rd Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show over the weekend in Osage Beach.

The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association was named Outstanding County Affiliate for increasing the involvement of their members at the county and state. This county also made strides to be more engaged with the community by making monetary and beef donations to local backpack programs and school fundraisers. The county affiliate received a Gallagher TW-3 Weigh Scale set valued at $3,600.

The St. Clair County Cattlemen's Association was recognized as Runner-Up Outstanding County Affiliate. This county has mastered keeping its membership informed through monthly correspondence and meetings featuring guest speakers. They also supported local consumers by hosting informative beef events at local grocery stores and sharing virtual resources through the pandemic. The county affiliate received a Mirafount water tank from Gallagher valued at $700.

The Bates County Cattlemen's Association was named Outstanding Affiliate for Beef Promotion. The affiliate actively seeks opportunities to share and serve beef at local grocery stores, fundraisers, political events and community centers. They also helped purchase FFA jackets for members in low-income households and donated livestock to the MO Beef for MO Kids program.

Outstanding Affiliate Activity/Event went to the Nodaway Cattlemen's Association. This county affiliate donated money and gave scholarships to all seven of their county's high school FFA programs. They also donated time and money to county 4-H and D.A.R.E. programs, in addition to serving beef at many local benefits and community events.

Outstanding Affiliate Policy Involvement went to the Newton-McDonald Cattlemen's Association. This county affiliate invites current and campaigning legislators to their meetings to discuss local and state policy and send membership to Cowboys at the Capitol each spring. This year, they rallied together to write and send a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an investigation into price disparities in the cattle industry.

"Without strong county cattlemen's organizations like these, the state association would not be nearly as successful," MCA President Marvin Dieckman said. "The Missouri Cattlemen's Association is fortunate to have great affiliates representing the beef cattle industry in Missouri."

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