David Dick, a native Missourian and cow/calf operator near Sedalia, was elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the cattle industry’s annual convention and trade show, held here Feb. 2-5. He assumed the one-year post on Feb. 5, following elections during the joint board meeting of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB).  

The Federation is the alliance of beef councils that send cattlemen and women to represent their state in collective decision-making efforts on funding and coordinating beef demand-building programs at the state and national levels. Dick was vice chairman of the Federation in 2010.    

Dick owns Springfork Valley Farms, a Century Farm (100 years or more), and a custom hay harvesting operation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from CentralMissouriStateUniversity and an A.S. degree in farm management.

Additionally, he has been with the Missouri State Fair for 23 years and is both Livestock Superintendent and Beef Cattle Superintendent. In this capacity he oversees and coordinates all 19 species superintendents, show schedules and facility planning efforts year-round.    

He is active in state organizations, having served 11 years on the board of supervisors for the Pettis County Soil and Water Consideration District, which he currently chairs. He is on the board of the Pettis County Extension Council and, over the past 30 years, has held a variety of board seats and other leadership roles with the PettisCounty and Missouri Cattlemen’s Associations and the Missouri Beef Industry Council.