Dawn Caldwell, a partner in a family-owned cow/calf operation near Edgar, has been named by the Nebraska Beef Council to represent the state on the executive committee of the Federation of State Beef Councils.
The Federation is a division of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), with offices here and in Washington, D.C.
Caldwell is on the board of the Nebraska Beef Council and is currently a member of the beef checkoff's national New Products and Culinary Initiatives Committee. In 2011, she was the beef representative on the Nebraska Farm Bureau's SLPC committee.
In addition to the family operation, which includes registered Red Angus, she has been active in industry youth activities. She has served as a Junior Red Angus advisor since 2008 and a 4-H project leader since 2002.
Caldwell has also been active in her community, serving as vice chair of the Clay County Planning and Zoning Board and as a member of the country Extension board. She is involved in the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) and a national CommonGround volunteer.
The Nebraska Beef Council is a member of the Federation, which consists of the 45 Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBC) that collect the $1 per-head beef checkoff.
The checkoff is a market development fund supported by the $1 from U.S. cattle producers and importers. States send 50 cents to the Cattlemen's Beef Board for use in national beef checkoff programs and may retain up to 50 cents to use for qualified activities that are approved by the SBC board of directors. Many states, including Nebraska, re-invest a portion of their 50 cents in the Federation, to augment national beef checkoff efforts.The Federation works to support an effective state-national checkoff partnership, designed to strengthen the beef industry's position in the marketplace through promotion, research and education, Caldwell says.