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Tbic mission statement

A beef community dedicated to growing beef demand by producing and marketing the safest, healthiest, most delicious beef that satisfies the desires of an increasingly global population while responsibly managing our own livestock and natural resources. 

Meet the tbic board of directors

Each voting board member is nominated by one of the state’s cattle organizations including; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau, Tennessee Livestock Markets Association, Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and American Dairy Association of Tennessee. The directors serve a three year term and can serve two consecutive terms for a total of 6 years. Board members rotate on and off each year giving the overall board stability and continuity. The TBIC also has non-voting leadership from the University of Tennessee Extension Service and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Several former board members who serve in National leadership positions are ex-officio members as well.

2023 board members

russ uselton

Past Chairman & Federation Representative

Bedford County 

patterson freeman 


Gibson County 

Jennifer Houston

TN Livestock Markets Association

Monroe County 

Larry Cunningham  

TN Beef Cattle Improvement Association 

Rhea County 

Jim Ligon

TN Beef Cattle Improvement Association

Putnam County

Wendy Sneed

TN Dept. of Agriculture Representative 

TN Dept. of Agriculture Representative 

Cannon County  

Dustin Pearson

TN Livestock Markets Association

Washington County 

2023 BOARD MEMBERS (Not pictured): 

Tom Barnett - Vice Chairman, Robertson County

Marty Gambel - Tennessee Farm Bureau Representative, Lawrence County

John Bradley - Tennessee Cattlemen's Representative, Wayne County 

Richard Brown - TN Livestock Markets Association, Putnam County 

Jay Yeargin - Secretary, Weakley County

Zane Vanover - Treasurer,  Sullivan County


Andy Holt - Tennessee Department of Agriculture 

Dr. Katie Mason - University of Tennessee, Animal Science Department 


Celeste Blackburn - Cattlemen's Beef Board Director 

meet the tbic staff

The TBIC staff is committed to managing Checkoff dollars wisely and directing relevant, informative and cost effective events and activities to inform and educate consumers about the healthful benefits of beef.  Valerie Bass, Executive Director, administers the Beef Checkoff program for Tennessee overseeing finances, marketing plan development & implementation and represents the TBIC on local, state, and national committees.

Valerie bass

Executive Director 


carlye cox

Assistant Coordinator



Administrative Assistant & Accountant 


Emily haskew

Director of Marketing & Communications


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Mailing address

Tennessee Beef Industry Council

530-A Brandies Circle

Murfreesboro, TN 37128

2021 annual report

View the 2021 annual report for the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. 

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tennessee beef newsroom 

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