COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association recognized three county affiliates for their efforts in promoting the cattle industry. The awards were presented during the 51st Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show, Jan. 4-6, in Columbia.

The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association was named Outstanding County Affiliate for their support of youth and continual community involvement, according to an MCA news release.

The association hosts multiple events throughout the year to spark enthusiasm for members, and members share their grilling skills with other organizations in the community.

The Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association was recognized as Runner-Up Outstanding County Affiliate. This county has mastered what it takes to keep members involved, including bringing world renowned speakers to their meetings.

“They are an asset to recruiting efforts both locally and statewide,” MCA leaders said.

The Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was named Outstanding Affiliate for Beef Promotion. They became the pilot affiliate this year in what is now a growing program known as “MO Beef for MO Kids,” led by the Missouri Beef Industry Council. This program ensures school children have beef at school.

Outstanding Affiliate Activity/Event went to the Southeast Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. This county affiliate hosted 16 schools and more than 200 educators and parents of third and fourth graders for a day of learning where food comes from.

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

Legislators honored 

One senator and two representatives received the MCA 2018 Legislator of the Year Award.

Sen. Sandy Crawford (R-28) was presented the award for her support of Missouri cattle farmers and ranchers over the past year.  

“Senator Crawford went to bat for Missouri agriculture,” said Mike Deering, MCA executive vice president. “Senator Crawford is a fighter, and we’re glad to have her looking out for Missouri farm and ranch families. As a farmer herself, she gets it.”

From the Missouri House of Representatives, John Wiemann (R-103) knows the importance of agriculture and understands the impact legislative decisions can have on producers and consumers. 

“He relentlessly fights for farm and ranch families and never backs down,” said Deering. “Wiemann sponsored legislation providing regulatory certainty to Missouri farmers and ranchers. He is from an urban district, but truly understands agriculture’s importance to the state and to the consumers in his district.”

Rep. Jeff Knight (R-129) also received recognition for his support of Missouri’s cattle industry.  

“Never before has MCA given this honor to a freshmen legislator, but he earned it. He sponsored legislation to require marketing with integrity when it comes to meat. Despite relentless attacks from activist groups, he helped take the legislation across the finish line,” said Deering.  

Deering said MCA is honored to recognize these legislators for their support.

“Our members do their best to advocate for the beef industry each week at the capitol, but the decisions are ultimately made by the men and women elected to represent them,” Deering said.