Meet The Leadership
Meet the Leadership Winter is a common time for some cattle associations to hold annual meetings and elect new leadership for their associations. FEED•LOT found out a little about some of the incoming national and state presidents as they take office.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
A fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Neb., Craig Uden has always been active in helping shape the ever-challenging and changing beef industry. He believes in giving back to an industry that has been good to him, and while he has stepped aside from the day to day management, he still enjoys buying and selling cattle and his customer relations title, because it is the relationships that are built in the cattle industry that make this business so rewarding. Craig is a partner in Darr Feedlot Inc. in central Nebraska. Craig and his wife, Terri, also own and manage three commercial cow-calf operations.
They have a daughter, Blair, who is involved in agribusiness and she and her husband own a registered Red Angus operation in Minnesota. His son, Andrew, and his wife work on the family operation helping oversee the cow-calf operation. In addition, Andrew works with his own high tech animal information company. Craig graduated from the University of Nebraska. He has been involved with NCBA since the mid-1980s and has served on several committees throughout the organization.
Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association
Charlie Swanson, a third-generation cattleman, lives and ranches in Kiowa and Comanche counties. He recently retired as manager of Co-op Services, a Lawton-based farmers’ cooperative but continues to stay busy on his Angus-based commercial cattle operation.
Swanson and his wife Mary Jan live on the family ranch east of Cooperton near the Wichita Mountains. They have two sons, Chris and Clint, and six grandchildren.
Swanson graduated in 1972 with a degree in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University. For a brief time he taught vocational agriculture and worked as an OSU County Extension director. He was the Co-op Services manager for 14 years.
Kansas Livestock Association
David Clawson of Englewood is a fourth-generation rancher and farmer with ties in various family partnerships. The Clawson Ranch Partnership, with his brother, Dan, includes a cow-calf business and an irrigated and dryland farming operation. Clawson is a part owner in High Plains Dairy and has a partnership in Plains State Bank. His farm and ranch holdings are located in Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.
The list of Clawson’s leadership involvement is extensive. He currently serves on the KLA Executive Committee and the KLA and NCBA boards of directors. Clawson is a past chairman of the KLA Dairy Council and is a past chair of the KLA Stockgrowers Council. He previously has chaired the KLA Tax Committee and served as vice chair of the KLA Policy & Resolutions Committee. Clawson currently is a member of the NCBA Tax & Credit Committee. He attended the NCBA Leadership Institute in 1997 and YCC in 2002.
Clawson and his wife of 28 years, Jeanne, have three grown children: Layne, Ann and Carl.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Jim Lovell is the 2017 chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), leading the association as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Lovell works with cattle procurement and marketing for Bartlett Cattle Company, based in Canyon, Texas, and he has been with the company since he graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Agribusiness in 1985.
Lovell has been actively involved with TCFA, NCBA and other industry groups throughout his career, which have prepared him to be an excellent chairman. He has served on the TCFA Market committee since 2001 and chaired that committee in 2013 and 2014. He served on the Board of Directors in 2011-2013 before becoming an officer in 2015 leading up to his chairmanship. He served on the Budget & Audit committee in 2015 and 2016, chairing the committee in 2016. He also served on the Executive committee in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Lovell served on the NCBA Beef Production Research Committee in 2012 and has actively served on the NCBA Ag & Food Policy Committee and NCBA Board of Directors since 2013.
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
Mike Cline is a fifth generation cattle producer. He attended Iowa State University for one year before returning to his family farm to live out his passion of beef calf production. Cline, along with his wife Linda, operate a crop and Angus based commercial cow-calf herd in Fayette and Clayton counties in Northeast Iowa.
Cline first became involved with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association in 1993 by attending the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program, which still plays a vital part in the association today. Since 2008, Cline has been a member of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association board of directors. He has served as chairman of the Beef Products policy committee and for the past two years has served as president-elect. Before agreeing to serve on the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association board of directors, Cline had been elected in 1993 to the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) Board. While on the IBIC board he served in all officer positions and also represented Iowa on the National Cattlemen’s Board of Directors and the US Meat Export Federation. In 2001, Cline was appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board where he served two years on their Executive Committee and two years on the Operating Committee.