Beef Board Leadership
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Weldon Wynn owns Wynn Beefmaster Farms and Wynn soybean and wheat farms. In addition, he and his wife own and operate Wynn Insurance Agency. He is an active member of his community and industry, including service on the board of directors of the Pine Bluff National Bank of Star City; former emcee and judge of the National Beef Cook-Off; National Beef Ambassador judge; past president and active member of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association; member of the University of Arkansas Animal Science 2000 Advisory Council; past president, treasurer, and fair manager of the Lincoln County Fair, among many others. On the Beef Board, Weldon served as secretary/treasurer during the first half of 2011 before being elected to fill a partial term as vice chairman during the second half of the year, then was elected vice chairman of the Board for 2012. He has also served on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, the CBB Executive Committee, the Joint Advertising Committee, for which he served as vice chair in 2010, and the Joint Beef Industry Budget Committee.
Kim Brackett is a multi-state cow-calf/stocker operator in California and Idaho, where she and her husband represent the fifth generation of his family on their ranch and the third generation of her family in ranching. She has been an active member with the Idaho Beef Council, having served as chair, vice chair and treasurer, as well as chairing its Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board. In addition, Brackett chaired the education committee and the promotion subcommittee for the Idaho Cattle Association, and previously was a Federation of State Beef Councils director on the checkoff’s former Joint New Products and Culinary Initiatives and Joint Human Nutrition committees.During her first term on the Beef Board, Brackett served on the Joint Producer Education Committee, the Joint Evaluation Advisory Committee, and the CBB Bylaws Work Group. As secretary/treasurer in 2012 and vice chairman in 2013, she serves on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, the CBB Executive Committee, and as a CBB representative on the Board of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Separate from the Beef Board, Kim maintains the “Beef Matters” blog at beefmatters.com to help tell the beef story firsthand; is a former contributing writer for Progressive Cattleman magazine; previously served as a trustee on her local school and health boards; is a literacy tutor; volunteers at her kids’ school; and enjoys riding, training dogs, gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Jimmy was nominated to the Beef Board by California Cattlemen. He has been highly active in beef industry organizations, including service as president and chairman of the National Meat Association and chairman of the California Beef Council. Jimmy grew up on his family's small cattle ranch and was also very involved in its meat processing plant. After attending Fresno State University, he returned to the family business, including the beef packing and processing plant and the cattle feeding business. Since selling Beef Packers, Inc./Fresno Meat Co. in 2006, he has remained active in cattle feeding and meat processing by working for his sons at Certified Meat Products.
Chief Executive Officer
Polly Ruhland has served the beef industry for more than 20 years, most recently as vice president of planning and evaluation for CBB. Previously, she was with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), holding senior positions in the areas of state beef council and affiliate relations, issues management, membership and communications. Polly served as communication director for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF), was compliance coordinator for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Colorado State University, and worked as director of communication for the American Gelbvieh Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in agriculture with an emphasis in beef industry leadership from Colorado State University.