SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has hired Gervais resident Jerome Rosa as its executive director, OCA President Ray Sessler announced Friday.

Jerome_Rosa_photo“He’s energetic and is going to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to our organization,” Sessler said. “OCA has been around for 101 years and we think he’s an excellent fit to move the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association into the future. We are very pleased that he has chosen to join our organization and we are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

Rosa’s anticipated start date at the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is Oct. 1.

Rosa is the owner of JER-OSA Organic Dairy and Ponderosa Ranch. In this role, Rosa gained significant experience in working with contracts, certifications and various other business and production facets. Rosa has also worked with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several other agricultural organizations and branches of the government. Rosa has also served as a volunteer on several agricultural organizations where he has worked side-by-side with senators, congressmen, international trade officials and others.

Rosa was appointed by the governor of Oregon in 2010 to serve as a board member on the Board of Agriculture for the State of Oregon. Rosa has also been involved with the Oregon Beef Council where he has served in roles ranging from chairman, vice chairman to board member. Furthermore, Rosa has participated in other organizations, such as the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, Pudding River Watershed, Land O’Lakes Young Producer Program and Marion County Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity and will do my best to represent the cattlemen of the state of Oregon,” Rosa said. “I feel with my experience, I will hit the ground running.”

Rosa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education, along with a minor in animal science, from California State University — Fresno.