The Minnesota Beef Council has hired Allison VanDerWal as the new Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director and Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator. 

VanDerWal will be responsible for the management of the BQA program and will serve as the staff lead for the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.

“I am excited to bring my knowledge of science and feedlot production to the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association,” said VanDerWal. 

VanDerWal graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2019 with her master’s degree in ruminant nutrition. 

She hails from Sanborn, MN and grew up on her family’s feedlot. 

VanDerWal has been immersed in the Minnesota beef industry with experience working with a Minnesota feed company, completing her masters, working for the Feedlot Nutrition Research Group and for Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University.

“I went to graduate school because I love learning and applying knowledge to production agriculture, and I am excited to work closely with cattlemen and women to address issues of Minnesota cattle production together,” said VanDerWal.

“We are excited for Allison to work on existing Minnesota cattlemen initiatives and progress our association forward,” said Mike Landuyt, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s President. 

VanDerWal will start her new position in early April.