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NLPA Elects Mannschreck as Chairman
and Honors Hanson and Philips at Annual Meeting in Phoenix

Colorado Springs, CO (Jan. 30, 2009) -- Stan Mannschreck, a cattle rancher from Anadarko, Okla., was elected as the National Livestock Producers Association's Chairman of the Board during the organization's annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 26-28, 2009.

"I have a tough act to follow," Mannschreck said. "I am fairly new to the NLPA Board, but our board (National Livestock Commission Association) has been involved with NLPA for a very long time. The year ahead promises to hold many changes and opportunities for the livestock industry and our organization. I thank the board for this opportunity."

Mannschreck represents National Livestock Commission Association in Oklahoma City, Okla. and follows previous chairman, Jack Hanson. Hanson, who still represents Tri-State Livestock Credit Corporation, Ranch Cordova, Calif. on the NLPA board, served as NLPA's chairman for the past five years. During his term NLPA conducted the Cattlemen's Beef Board sponsored Beefmobile program, purchased and re-located to a new office facility, and Hanson was instrumental in NLPA's involvement on the industrywide Beef Checkoff Reform Task Force.

“It has been a real honor to serve the Board as Chairman the past five years,” Hanson said. “I thank all of the members for their support of this organization and its history.”

Clyde Rutherford, who represents Empire Livestock in Syracuse, N.Y., was re-elected to serve as NLPA's Vice Chairman. Other members of the NLPA Executive Committee include: Chuck Adami, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Assn., in Baraboo, Wis.; Rick Lovell, Producers Livestock Marketing Association, N. Salt Lake, Utah; Gary Smith, Producers Livestock Marketing Association, Omaha, Neb.; Darrell Ailshie, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn.; and Bob Bergsten, of Tri-State Livestock Credit Corporation, Rancho Cordova, Calif.

NLPA also recognized the retirement of long-time board member Sam Philips. Philips has represented Producers Livestock Marketing Association, Omaha, Neb., since 1985. Philips served as NLPA's Vice Chairman from 1997 to 1999 and as Chairman from 2000 to 2004.

"Serving NPA has been one of the best things I have done with my life," Philips said. "I have so much respect for my fellow board members. We all have big jobs to do, but we aren't flashy, we just get out there and get the job done!"

"Sam has a unique ability to bring people together, to lead with a strong presence and has been a lot of fun to work with," Scott Stuart, NLPA President said. " He was instrumental in the development of our organization in recent years, including the formation of the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund. He and his wife, Nadine, have been amazing assets to NLPA and will be very missed. We wish them both the best in their retirement."

Philips also served NLPA as the organization's representative with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) from 2001to 2008. Chuck Adami of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association in Baraboo, Wis., was elected to continue NLPA's representation with NCFC.

Lacy Upchurch, who represents Tennessee Livestock Producers, Columbia, Tenn., was also elected to serve as NLPA's representative on the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's Board of Directors. NLPA also recognized Scharee Atchison, NLPA's Director of Operations, for 10 years of service.

Sam Philips and Chuck Adami
Lacy Upchurch and Scott Stuart


The National Livestock Producers Association, founded in 1921, is an organization of livestock marketing cooperatives and credit corporations representing more than 215,000 livestock producers nationwide.

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