Source: Cattlemen’s Beef Board
|New CBB chairman Tom Jones of Pottsville, Ark.
Tom Jones from Pottsville, Ark., was elected to serve as Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) chairman during the 2011 Cattle Industry Annual Convention this past week in Denver, Colo.
He is immediate past vice chairman of the CBB.
“My goal without any equivocation is for people to have more than enough confidence in this checkoff so that when this industry makes a decision to make the checkoff better, producers will know it’s a valid program that they can support,” Jones says. “Only the Beef Board, which works for everybody, can give producers assurance that their checkoff dollars are being spent wisely. We have to do a good enough job with the checkoff that the one thing that can’t be asked when the time comes to make improvements is, ‘Is it worth it?’”
Jones is no stranger to the cattle business. He bought his first calf at the age of 12. As the third generation on the farm, Jones has spent much of his time in the row crop business along with cattle, and his family also was in the poultry business with Tyson Foods for nine years.
For the last few years, they have been more concentrated on the stocker segment of the industry, but with his father getting a little older and wanting to slow down, and a large portion of his own time being spent away from the farm, Jones decided to back off of the stocker business.
They currently are transitioning back to cow-calf and hay production. In fact, he has spent this winter feeding a lot of other people’s cattle by selling hay, which has been in short supply in Arkansas.
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Arkansas Tech University with a minor in economics. After school, he returned to the farm.
Jones is serving his eighth year on the board of the Arkansas Farm Bureau and is in his second term as its secretary/treasurer. He also spent five years on the local school board. He serves on Arkansas Tech’s advisory board for the Department of Agriculture; served as President of Arkansas Tech’s alumni association; was appointed this year to serve on the American Farm Bureau beef advisory committee; and was a member of the Arkansas Soybean Association for several years.
Jones also helped enact the national soybean checkoff which gives him a better perspective of the beef checkoff and the way he believes checkoffs should work for everyone’s benefit.
“I’m proud of the work the Beef Board has done to protect and enhance the checkoff,” Jones says. “The Beef Board is really the only group that can truly protect this worthwhile national checkoff program.”
Jones’ wife, Jayne, is the Vice President of Development at Arkansas Tech. They have two children, son Jayson, an Arkansas state trooper, and daughter Laura Katelyn, a junior at Kansas State University.