John Paterson, Ph.D., a cattle producer and well-known beef cattle extension specialist who was previously with Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, has joined the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) as the organization's executive director for producer education. He replaces Tom Field, Ph.D., who was named director of the University of Nebraska Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneur Program.
J.P. has long been recognized as one of our industry's premier communicators and educators, and his leadership will be pivotal as we continue to enhance NCBA's producer education program, said James O. Bo Reagan, NCBA senior vice president for research, education and innovation. The challenges facing our industry continue to grow in the areas of animal welfare, sustainability, beef safety, increased production efficiencies and consistently delivering a high quality product to our domestic and global consumers. We believe J.P. is the right person to provide proactive leadership for our industry in addressing these issues.
Paterson received his Ph.D. in Beef Cattle Nutrition from the University of Nebraska, and from 1979 to 1993 was on the faculty of the Animal Science Department at the University of Missouri. He was a beef extension specialist at Montana State University from 1996 to 2012.
Among the numerous industry awards Paterson has received are the National Extension Award from the American Society of Animal Science and the Distinguished Service Award from the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and proceedings papers and given 87 invited presentations since 1996.
Paterson and his wife, Diana, have three children; Courtney, a pediatrician in Denver; Terrill, a Ph.D. candidate at MSU; and Cameron, a high school teacher in Macon, Georgia.