Kent Bamford of Haxtun, Colo., has been elected president of CattleFax, a member-owned, member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Kevin Hughes, Boise, Idaho, was named president-elect.
Bamford is owner of Bamford Feedyard, a Colorado operation that includes a 15,000 head feedyard and diversified farm, both irrigated and dryland, as well as a trucking company. He is a past president of the Colorado Livestock Association, a board member and treasurer for the Colorado Beef Council, and a board member for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Bamford also serves as the Intermountain Regional Director for CattleFax. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Hughes is a cattle feeder and president of Agri Beef Risk Management Co., a division of Agri Beef Co., a vertically integrated ranching, cattle feeding and processing company based in Boise. A native of Arizona and graduate of the University of Arizona, he is a past member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), trading in the live cattle futures and options market as an independent floor trader. He served on the CME live cattle marketing and advisory committees and currently serves on the NCBA marketing committee. He serves as the CattleFax Northwest Director.
Named new directors on the organization’s Board were Todd Allen, Newton, Kan. (Central Director); Tom Jensen, Omaha, Neb. (Finance Director); and Dale Smith, Amarillo, Tex. (Southwest Director).
Allen is president of Cargill Cattle Feeders. He served as chairman of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Cattle Feeders Council in 2005 and on the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee since 1994. He has been on the KLA Board of Directors since 1998 and the KLA Executive Committee since 1999, and served as the organization’s president in 2009. He has also been active on numerous national committees through NCBA, serving on that organization’s Executive Committee since 2006. He has been on the NCBA Board since 1997.
Jensen is senior vice president of the First National Bank of Omaha, heading up the Agribusiness, Correspondent Banking and Renewable Fuels Departments. Managing a portfolio of over $1 billion, Jensen and his teams help build long-term relationships with customers and energize their entrepreneurial spirit. He joined First National Bank in 1984 as a senior administrative representative, was promoted to senior agricultural lender in 1993 and department manager in 2002. Jensen has played an instrumental part in increasing the bank’s agribusiness portfolio from $55 million in 1987 to more than $850 million today.