The Board of Directors of the American Angus Association named John Crouch, Saint Joseph, Mo., executive vice president. The announcement was made Tuesday evening, February 26, 2002, after a special Board session at the Association headquarters in Saint Joseph.
Crouch has served as the Associations director of performance programs since 1981 and, in that time, directed programs that contributed to the formation of the worlds largest database of beef cattle records. As director, he oversaw the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) program and the genetic evaluation program for the American Angus Associations National Cattle Evaluation (NCE), Sire Evaluation Report and Pathfinder Report. He has been instrumental in the development and adoption of Centralized Ultrasound Processing (CUP).
His tenure with the American Angus Association began in 1974 as a regional manager. He was inducted into the Associations Angus Heritage Foundation in 1999. He has worked closely with the Associations Breed Improvement Committee and many specially appointed committees and task forces.
His industry involvement includes serving on the board of directors of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), where he has worked on numerous committees. He received that groups Pioneer Award in 1998. He is a popular beef industry speaker, having lectured in more than 40 states and numerous foreign countries on beef production and genetics.
Crouch grew up on a registered Angus farm near Jonesborough, Tenn. He graduated in 1963 from the University of TennesseeKnoxville with a bachelors degree in animal husbandry. While there, he was a member of the first-place livestock judging team at the 1962 International Livestock Exposition in Chicago, Ill.
After graduation he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and then returned home briefly to manage the family Angus operation and other beef cattle herds before joining the Association staff.
He and his wife, Judy, have five children and 12 grandchildren.