FORT WORTH - Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has announced the appointment of Tim Niedecken as TSCRA's executive director of association services.

Niedecken's responsibilities will include oversight of TSCRA's services to the members; supporting the Association Promotion committee's successful grassroots membership recruitment campaigns; supervision of TSCRA's involvement in the Beef Quality Assurance program; coordinating support and development of the School for Successful Ranching program; and providing industry support and coordination of industry affinity programs that increase member value and benefits.

With a rich background in the cattle industry, Niedecken comes to TSCRA from serving most recently as marketing manager for Micro Beef Technologies.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1997 and a master's degree in 1998 from Texas A&M University.

"Tim has the advantage of a strong foundation in marketing, business, and information technologies, which should provide the association with numerous assets," said TSCRA executive vice president Eldon White. "Not only is he knowledgeable about the cattle business, he's also aware of where it's headed, with the rapid advancement of technologies available today. We are very fortunate to have him on staff."

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 131-year-old trade organization whose 15,000 members manage approximately four million cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.

TSCRA provides law enforcement services, livestock inspection, legislative and regulatory advocacy and education opportunities for its members.