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About CBE

The Center for Beef Excellence is a non-profit organization and was originally established in 2008 as part of Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Pennsylvania Beef Task Force.


CBE seeks to partner with others in the beef industry to achieve our vision of creating a “vibrant, cohesive Pennsylvania beef industry”.


The mission of CBE is: “To foster collaboration, drive profitability and enhance productivity for Pennsylvania beef


CBE initiatives focus on education, production and management, advisory teams and support to other organizations to strengthen the beef industry across Pennsylvania.

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Board of Directors

The Center for Beef Excellence is run by a volunteer Board of Directors from across Pennsylvania.



President: Scott Rhoads, Somerset County

Vice President: Scotty Miller, Lancaster County

Secretary: Bobbi Dunn, Crawford County

Treasurer: Ezra Swope, Bedford County


Gavin Howe, Centre County

Ned Hower, Northampton County

Dr. Laurie Joseph, Westmoreland County

Scott Rhoads, Somerset County

Adam Zurin, Lancaster County


Ex-Officio Members:

Justin Clapper, Bedford County

Nichole Hockenberry, PA Beef Council Representative

Ben Williamson, Penn State University

Russell Redding, PA Secretary of Agriculture

Greg Hostetter, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Agriculture


Gavin Howe, Adam Zurin, Vice President Scotty Miller, Treasurer Ezra Swope, President Scott Rhoads, Special Guest-former PA Secretary of Agriculture Sam Hayes, Secretary Bobbi Dunn, Executive Assistant Michelle Kirk, Dr. Laurie Joseph

Missing from photo: Nichole Hockenberry, Ned Hower, Ben Williamson

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