Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, now heads the Federation of State Beef Councils this year.
Uden is a partner in Darr Feedlot, a commercial cattle feeding operation in central Nebraska. He is cattle buyer and head of customer relations for the feedlot. He and his wife, Terri, also own and manage three cow-calf operations.
Uden, who had served as the federation vice chairman, moved up to the chairmanship at the recent National Cattlemen's Beef Association Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
NCBA's Federation of State Beef Councils consists of the 45 "Qualified State Beef Councils" that collect the $1 per-head beef checkoff. The Federation's mission statement sets as its intent "the building of beef demand by inspiring, unifying and supporting an effective state/national checkoff partnership."
Under the national beef checkoff, state beef councils, such as the Nebraska Beef Council, retain half of the checkoff revenues collected annually with the remainder going to the Cattlemen's Beef Board. Those state beef councils, however, can choose to contribute a portion of their 50-cent share of the checkoff to the Federation of State Beef Councils.
The Federation and the Cattlemen's Beef Board elect 10 members each from their respective organizations to sit on the Beef Promotion and Operating Committee. This 20-member committee makes final national checkoff decisions, subject to approval by the Cattlemen's Beef Board and USDA.
Uden graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been involved in the NCBA since the 1980s. He is a member of the Nebraska Beef Council.
Uden was not the only Nebraskan to gain a beef leadership position while at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention. J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, officially became the new president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Alexander was featured in a Nebraska Farmer article in the December issue.