Nov. 3, 2008 - Three state affiliates of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) have received one-year leases on a New Holland round baler for their efforts to boost membership in the national organization. The Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, Arkansas Cattlemen's Association and Alabama Cattlemen's Association each won use of the baler by increasing NCBA members, revenues and membership retention.
Arizona and Arkansas NCBA members also received discounts on Cattlemen's College for their efforts. One hundred members in Arizona and 50 members in Arkansas who are pre-registered for the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Phoenix Jan. 28-31 will receive discounted admittance to the educational event. All three state organizations will also receive plaques at the convention recognizing their continued support for and dedication to a strong national cattlemen's organization.
“As the nation's largest and most respected cattle organization, NCBA relies on its affiliates as partners in the nationwide fight on behalf of producers,” says Bill Donald, a cow-calf producer from Melville, Mont., and chairman of the NCBA Policy Division. “The exemplary efforts of the NCBA members in Arizona, Arkansas and Alabama to make our national organization even stronger are a testament to the growing recognition of the need for a powerful team to address concerns in Washington D.C. and across the country with consumers.”
State affiliates earned a point for each percent increase in NCBA membership in their states in fiscal 2008, which ended Sept. 30. They also received a point for each percent increase in NCBA membership revenue, as well as for each percent retained in NCBA membership over the previous year.
The Arizona Cattle Feeders Association led the nation with a 136 percent increase in NCBA memberships and a 100 percent retention rate. At least one state in each of the seven NCBA regions had more than 20 percent increase in national membership growth, demonstrating the nationwide interest in efforts by NCBA to defend the interests of cattle producers and increase their viability through educational opportunities, Donald says.
This is the 6th year New Holland has sponsored the affiliate contest and provided a one-year lease on a round baler to the winning state organizations.