The industry group said that membership grew 6.7 percent over the previous year to 30,647, while revenues from membership grew by 8.3 percent over fiscal 2007. Membership in the organization has grown 24 percent in the last 3 years.
“Our country is going through some tough economic times, and our industry is dealing with those financial issues and its own,” said Bill Donald, chairman of the NCBA Policy Division. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t need a strong national voice. It’s good to know that cattlemen are recognizing this need and joining forces with the nation’s oldest, strongest and largest cattlemen’s organization.”
At least one state in each of the seven NCBA regions had a more than 20 percent increase in national membership growth, demonstrating the nationwide resurgence in the organization and interest in its efforts, Donald said.
NCBA also increased its membership in 2007, adding 8 percent to its membership base from 2006, the organization said. Among the reasons for the upswing, he said, are four field representatives who have been working in the different regions, attending local meetings and providing another conduit for NCBA members to reach the organization while carrying policy and issue information into the field.
Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association