Shoemaker, Scanga Named to Colorado Beef Council Board

Governor also reappoints LeValley to second board term

ENGLEWOOD, CO (December 9, 2019) – Two Colorado livestock and meat industry veterans have been named to the Colorado Beef Council (CBC) board of directors by Governor Jared Polis. Joan Shoemaker of Parker and John Scanga, Ph.D., of Ault will serve 4-year terms on the board, which helps direct state Beef Checkoff investments in promotion, research, and education efforts to help increase demand for beef.

Shoemaker was appointed to fill the beef Processor/Marketer seat on the board. Her family has a long history of cattle raising and involvement in the beef industry. They raise cattle and own Bunk House Burgers in Canon City. Shoemaker fills several leadership roles with the Colorado CattleWomen’s Association and says she looks forward to actively participating in promoting beef to consumers and educating them about its positive attributes as a CBC board member.

Scanga grew up in Central Colorado on his family’s ranching operation, and received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University in the 1990s. He was with the university as an assistant professor and meat lab manager until 2008, when he joined IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. He later joined Elanco Animal Health as an associate senior technical consultant. Scanga currently works as vice president of quality assurance for Meyer Natural Foods, where he is responsible for the safety, quality and regulatory compliance of Meyer products. He will serve in the beef
Processor/Distributor seat.

In addition to the new appointments, Governor Polis also reappointed Hotchkiss rancher and Homestead Meats owner Robbie LeValley to serve a second 4-year term on the board. That appointment will also be in the beef Processor/Marketer category.

“The industry knowledge and experience Joan, John and Robbie have to share is tremendous, and their input will be valuable as we continue to create and implement programs to build beef demand,” says Sallie Miller, a beef producer from Briggsdale, CO, and CBC chair. “We appreciate their commitment and look forward to their contributions to CBC efforts on behalf of the beef industry.”

The Colorado Beef Council (CBC) manages demand building programs for Colorado’s $3.4 Billion beef industry. CBC operates under the guidance of its Board of Directors who are appointed by the Governor of the state of Colorado and represent the producer, feeder, dairy, marketer, distributor, and processor segments of the industry. Funded by the $1 per head beef checkoff assessment on all cattle sold in the state, CBC retains half of each dollar collected for state level programs and forwards the other half to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) for national level programs. USDA-Ag Marketing Service provides oversight for all CBB and CBC programs, services, and business activities. Learn more online @

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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