U.S. Cattle Trace, the industry-driven initiative for animal disease traceability based in Kansas, now has a model in place for those interested in becoming a member of the organization. As a not-for-profit that securely maintains and manages data collected as part of disease traceability, U.S. Cattle Trace members will provide guidance to the producer-lead board of directors regarding the direction of the organization. In addition, members will receive benefits such as access to educational materials, networking opportunities and other industry segments, and up-to-date news regarding traceability. Annual membership is offered in four categories including cow-calf producer, auction market, feed yard and allied industry. Dues are $25 for individual cow-calf producers, $100 for auction markets, and $1,000 per location for feed yard members. Allied industry dues are based on the gross revenue of the entity. According to U.S. Cattle Trace executive director, Callahan Grund, without buy-in from all segments of the cattle industry, disease traceability will not be available. To learn more about U.S. Cattle Trace or how to become a member of the organization, visit USCattleTrace.org.