Contact: Angie Stump Denton, Beef Improvement Federation Communication Coordinator, or 785-562-6197

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced finalists for its Commercial Producer award on Friday, May 22.  The Commercial Producer Award recognizes commercial producers for their dedication to improving the beef industry at the commercial level.
Beef Magazine sponsors the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year award.  This year’s finalists are Kempfer Cattle Company, Vest Ranches, and Bibb County’s Brentwood Farms.  Brentwood Farms is owned by Chip and Misty Burkes and managed by Bibb County Cattlemen’s Association President Trouble Moody, all from Brent.

Brentwood Farms was established in 2014 and consists of approximately 400 Simmental and Angus-cross cows. With an eye on performance, the Brentwood Farms foundation has been built from Alabama BCIA proven genetics, from fellow BCIA producers and bull evaluations, along with leading genetics in the utilization of artificial insemination. The operation runs on a 90-day fall calving season and grazes Bahia and Bermudagrass pastures. Brentwood Farms was nominated for this award by the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association.
The Commercial Producer Award will be presented Tuesday, June 9 at 1 p.m. CDT.  A complete list of nominees and their biographies can be found at
BIF will host its 52nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Symposium — Online the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. For a complete schedule and to register for the free online symposium visit,
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is an organization dedicated to coordinating all segments of the beef industry — from researchers and producers to retailers — in an effort to improve the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of beef production. The organization was initiated more than 50 years ago to encourage the use of objective measurements to evaluate beef cattle. Continuing the tradition, BIF is now the clearinghouse for developing standardized programs and methodologies for recording of performance data for all traits, from birth weights to carcass traits. Its three-leaf-clover logo symbolizes the link between industry, extension and research.

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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.