The Eastern Bison Association is dedicated to addressing the needs of the eastern bison producer through education, research, and the marketing of bison and bison products. The Eastern Bison Association, through its code of ethics, promotes the integrity and honesty of the bison producer to provide outstanding quality bison products for the consumer.
Ten members of the National Bison Association met in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1996 to discuss the idea of creating a regional bison association that was more accessible to eastern producers. The result was the formation of the Eastern Bison Association. Since that beginning, our industry has grown sufficiently and the need for an organization to provide seminars, farm tours and a regional show and sale has proved invaluable. The Eastern Bison Association has been and is meeting the challenge, with emphasis on marketing, production, animal health, public information, research, and as a medium for trading breeding stock for herd improvement.
While our members come from all over the United States and Canada, all meetings of members are currently held within the geographic boundaries of the Association, which is represented as two regions. Region 1 is made up of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Region 2 is made up of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, the Region 1 Director provides representation for the Out of Region states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and the Region 2 Director provides representation for the Out of Region states of Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota. These are evaluated every three years to assess the need for change.
In addition to annual conferences, a show and sale, a production sale, and research activities, the Eastern Bison Association is involved in numerous promotional and marketing endeavors.