WASHINGTON — At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) virtual Winter Business Meeting, the states making up NCBA Region ll elected Fred Smith Jr., from Clayton, NC, to the position of Region ll Vice President for Policy during their regional caucus.
The vision of NCBA is to be the trusted leader and definitive voice of the U.S. cattle and beef industry. As an organization NCBA strives to improve business climate for producers, grow beef demand, and increase the world’s access to beef.
Throughout their three-year terms NCBA Regional Vice Presidents serve as chair of their regional membership committee. Regional Vice Presidents play a critical role in coordinating regional member activities. They also coordinate regional activities and communications with the Federation Division Regional Vice Presidents from their respective regions.
“I’m looking forward to working with farmers and ranchers in Region II and supporting NCBA to create a better business climate for cattle industry producers while building demand for beef customers,” said Smith.
Smith was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and received his law degree from Wake Forest University. Fred began raising cattle in the 1970’s. He currently owns and runs FSC Ranch in Clayton, NC, a seedstock cattle ranch that implements genetic engineering to produce proven sires. FSC Ranch focuses on adding value to the commercial farmer and providing beef to local consumers. Smith’s attention to quality and his passion to help add value to his community is grown from his great respect for cattle and his commitment to be a good steward of what God has provided. That respect has been handed down from generation to generation.
Fred is an active member of the beef industry on both a state and national level. In 2019 he served as NCBA’s Policy Division Director and has held various leadership roles within the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association. Fred is also an active member of the North Carolina Simmental Association and the American Simmental Association.
In addition to his involvement in the cattle industry, Fred has served in a variety of leadership roles within North Carolina. He served as a state senator from 2002-2008 and currently serves as a member of the Johnston County Commission.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions.