The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual Strategic Planning Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, last week with the election of officers for the coming year.

Meet new USMEF Chairman Mark JagelsMark Jagels, a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer and custom cattle feeder from Davenport, Neb., is USMEF’s new chairman. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Jagels provided the audience with details of his agricultural background and described his history of involvement with USMEF. Jagels noted that U.S. meat exports are likely to face many obstacles in the coming year, but he asked USMEF members to accept the challenge posed the previous day by USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng to “compete, not retreat.”

USMEF’s full slate of officers for 2013-2014:

  • Chair-elect is Leann Saunders, president of Where Food Comes From, America’s leading provider of third-party identification verification and traceability solutions for the livestock and agricultural industries, based in Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Roel Andriessen (pronounced Role An-dree-sun), USMEF vice-chair, is senior vice president of Tyson Foods responsible for the international sales group of Tyson Fresh Meats. He is based in Dakota Dunes, S.D.

Bruce Schmoll, a soybean and corn producer from Claremont, Minn., is the new USMEF secretary-treasurer.