April 16, 2012

HARRISBURG (Apr. 16) – Darwin Nissley was recently elected president of the Center for Beef Excellence during the annual meeting which coincides with the Pennsylvania Beef Expo. Nissley is a partner in Nissley Brothers of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania. Nissley Brothers is a seventh-generation farm family that feeds corn, barley and food byproducts to its herd which finishes 2,000 cattle per year. 

Nissley has been a board member of the Center for Beef Excellence since 2008 along with serving as a board member of the Pennsylvania Beef Council. In addition, he is a member of the Rapho Township Planning Commission as well as the Business Operation Committee for his local school board. Nissley also serves on the Union Community Bank’s Board of Directors. 

After his election Nissley said, “I think the Center for Beef Excellence is being presented with great opportunities to benefit all partners in the beef cattle business. With all parties working together, we can enhance the beef industry in Pennsylvania.” 

At the same meeting, Dave McElhaney (Hookstown, PA) completed his term as president and moved into the office of past president. 

Glenn Binkley (Columbia, PA) was selected as vice president while Jim Hogue (Manheim, PA) will fill the secretary’s position and Cheryl Fairbairn (West Chester, PA) will act as treasurer. Earlier this year Ann Nogan (Scott Township, PA) was hired to serve as the executive vice president. 

Other board members include Dr. Erskin Cash (Centre Hall, PA), Dr. Dan Kniffen (University Park, PA), Phil McMahon (Lafayette Hill, PA), Bill Weist (Mifflinburg, PA), Bob Hay (Friedens, PA), Ron Manley (Carlisle, PA), John Painter (Westfield, PA), Gene Trowbridge (Meshoppen, PA), Galen Martin (Mount Joy, PA) and Drew Wilkins (Wyalusing, PA). Ex-officio board members include the Hon. George Greig, PA Secretary of Agriculture; Matt Meals, PA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Bridget Bingham, PA Beef Council and Steve Reichard, PA Cattlemen’s Association. 

The Center for Beef Excellence was established in 2007 to promote the beef industry through education, production efficiency, government and community relations, and economic development.  Representing 28,000 beef producers in Pennsylvania with 1.61 million head of cattle, the industry generates over $2 billion in economic impact yearly in the Commonwealth. CBE partners with others in the beef industry by providing infrastructure to enhance opportunities for all business segments. CBE initiatives focusing on education, production and management, government and community relations, and economic development foster collaboration and ultimately improve profitability. The PA Center for Beef Excellence, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.

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