Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
June 22-25, 2021 • Iowa Event Center • Des Moines, Iowa

BIF Selects New Board, Officers

Matt Perrier, Joe Epperly to lead organization in coming year.

Joe Mushrush (left), 2020-21 BIF president, from Strong City, Kan., receives the retiring president’s plaque from 2021-22 BIF President Matt Perrier from Eureka, Kan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (July 2, 2021) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced new officers and elected new directors June 24 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Matt Perrier, Eureka, Kan., was introduced as the 2021-22 BIF president during the Thursday awards luncheon. Joe Epperly, Albion, Neb., is the new vice president.

Directors re-elected to serve on the BIF board were producers Gordon Jones, Lafayette, Tenn., and Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kan. Breed association representatives re-elected were Kajal Devani, Canadian Angus Association, and Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Association.

During the Symposium, Emily Grund was introduced as the new BIF executive assistant. Grund is taking the reins from Lois Schreiner, Frankfort, Kan., who served as executive assistant from 2002 to 2020.

Directors elected to the BIF Board for 2021-2022 are (seated, from left) Matt Perrier, Eureka, Kan., president; Joe Epperly, Albion, Neb., vice president; Joe Mushrush, Strong City, Kan., past president; Bob Weaber, Kansas State University, BIF executive director; Mark Enns, Colorado State University, BIF Western Region secretary; Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky, BIF Eastern Region secretary; Matt Spangler, USDA Extension Service; Josh White, National Cattlemen’s Beef Ass’n; (back row, from left) Joy Reznicek, West Point, Miss.; Matt Woolfolk, American Shorthorn Ass’n; Gordon Jones, Lafayette, Tenn.; Robert Williams, Post Falls, Idaho; Troy Marshall, Burlington, Colo.; Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Ass’n; Lance Bauer, Beefmaster Breeders; Kevin Schultz, Haviland, Kan.; Jim Bessler, National Ass’n of Animal Breeders (NAAB) representative; Josh Irvine, Manhattan, Kan.; Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, N.C.; Kelli Retallick, American Angus Ass’n; and Jackie Atkins, American Simmental Ass’n.

“We are excited to have Emily join our BIF team,” says Bob Weaber, BIF executive director. “Her previous experience with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Communications Team will make her a valuable asset.”

More than 400 beef producers, academia and industry representatives attended the organization’s 53rd Annual Research Symposium and Convention in Des Moines, Iowa, and another 250 registered to participate online. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.

For more information about this year’s symposium, including additional award winners, Angus Media coverage of the symposium and an archive to coverage of past conferences, visit

The 2022 BIF Convention & Research Symposium will be June 1-4 in Las Cruces, N.M.

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