Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) members have elected Emporia rancher Jaret Moyer as president for the coming year. Matt Perrier, a seedstock cattle producer from Eureka, was chosen as the new president elect of the 5,000-member organization. Both were elected by members during the annual business meeting December 5 at the KLA Convention in Wichita.
Moyer’s ranch is focused on growing light cattle using a combination of Flint Hills pastures and a backgrounding facility. He also is president of Citizens State Bank and Trust Company, with locations in Woodbine, Bremen, Gypsum and Reading.
Moyer serves on both the KLA Executive Committee and KLA Board of Directors. He is a member of the KLA Stockgrowers Council and previously served as the KLA director for Lyon County. Before moving to the Emporia area in 2003, he was involved in the Phillips County KLA Committee. Moyer is a past chairman of the Kansas Beef Council. He is on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors. Moyer serves on the Federation of State Beef Councils Domestic Consumer Preference Committee and Value Subcommittee. He is a past member of the NCBA Retail Committee. Moyer is the current president of Flint Hills Beef Fest, which is the annual celebration of the state’s grass cattle industry.
Moyer has been actively involved in leadership development programs. He is a past participant in the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Moyer has attended the KLA Leadership Conference. He also graduated from the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.
He graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 with a degree in animal science. Moyer later completed course work at the graduate school of banking in Madison, WI.
Moyer and his wife, Shawna, have two daughters. Arissa is a junior at K-State studying ag economics. Sarah is a senior at Northern Heights High School in Allen.
Perrier represents the fifth generation of his family’s registered Angus and ranching operation in Greenwood County. Dalebanks Angus started as a sheep farm in 1867. It has maintained a registered Angus herd continuously since 1904. Today, the seedstock cattle operation produces genetics for the commercial cow-calf producer.
The list of industry leadership positions he has held is lengthy. Perrier is a past chairman of the KLA Stockgrowers Council. He currently serves on the KLA Board of Directors and the NCBA Board of Directors. Perrier is a member of the NCBA Ag and Food Policy Committee.
He attended the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference and served as chairman of the group in 2007. Perrier also has attended the KLA Leadership Conference.
Perrier is a member of the Kansas Animal Health Board and Greenwood County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, of which he is a past president. He is a past member of the U.S. Premium Beef Nominating Committee and Kansas Angus Association Board of Directors. Perrier is a past president of the Greenwood County Cattlemen’s Association and previously served as vice president of the Greenwood Preservation Society, which helped restore the Greenwood Hotel.
He graduated from K-State in 1996 with a degree in animal science. Prior to coming back to the family business, he was director of retail and foodservice programs for the Pennsylvania Beef Council and served in several staff capacities, including as a regional manager, for the American Angus Association.
Perrier and his wife, Amy, have four children: Ava, Lyle, Hannah and Henry. They are expecting a fifth child in mid-March.
KLA is a trade organization representing the state’s livestock business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association’s work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.