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Source: National Livestock Commission Assn news release

NLPA enters its 93rd year of serving livestock producers with a new Chairman of the Board. After five years, Stan Mannschreck, cattle rancher from Anadarko, OK, and representative of National Livestock Commission Association, Oklahoma City, OK, reached his term limit and formally stepped down at the NLPA's annual meeting held in Charleston, SC, January 20-22, 2014.

Newly elected Gary Smith will serve as Chairman of the Board for 2014, advancing from his position with NLPA as Vice-Chairman of the Board. In addition to representing Producers Livestock Marketing Association, Omaha, NE, to the NLPA, Smith is a full-time bank Ag Loan Officer and farms row crops, custom farms, and owns a commercial cow herd with his son Brady and wife Anne near Glenwood, IA.

NLPA honored Mannschreck's leadership over the past five years at the annual meeting banquet, noting that during his term, the NLPA accomplishments included initiating a successful management agreement with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and adding administrative services for a new international association, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Mannschreck engaged with leaders of seven other national beef industry associations in reforming the Beef Checkoff system and the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund revolved over $19 million into the sheep and goat industries during Mannschreck's tenure as Chairman.

Mannschreck is a second generation NLPA leader, following in the footsteps of his father, Elmer Mannschreck, who served over four decades earlier.

"Stan is an amazingly humble leader who is well respected among his fellow board members and within the livestock industry," said R. Scott Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer of NLPA, who administers the organization.

The new Chairman, Gary Smith, has been active with the Mills-Montgomery County Cattlemen's Association, Mills County Farm Bureau, Iowa Farm Bureau State Young Member Committee, Iowa Farm Bureau Beef Advisory Committee and ISU Ag Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of Mills County Extension Council, as well as the Producers Livestock Marketing Association in Omaha and is a Director and past Chairman of Western Iowa Mutual Insurance Association.

"I look forward to serving as Chairman of NLPA and hope I can do justice to the position as those before me have done. For me, National Livestock Producers Association has always been synonymous with integrity, honesty, and service. I look forward to promoting those values for our customers now and in the future," said Smith.

Other Executive Committee officers elected at the annual meeting were Doug Hauser, National Livestock Credit Corporation, as Vice Chairman; Chuck Adami, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association; Darrell Ailshie, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Inc.; William Beeman, Empire Livestock Marketing, LLC; Jack Hanson, Tri-State Livestock Credit Corporation and Rick O'Brien, Producers Livestock Marketing Association, N. Salt Lake, UT.

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