Value of the Beef Checkoff

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Georgia, Livestock

Producer Appreciates the Value of the Beef Checkoff

Value of the Beef CheckoffIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Kurt Childers from Barney, Georgia appreciates the value the beef checkoff provides those in the industry.

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From the Cattlemen’s Beef Board:
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. The checkoff assessment became mandatory when the program was approved by 79 percent of producers in a 1988 national referendum vote.

The checkoff is collected by qualified state beef councils, which retain up to 50 cents on the dollar. The state councils forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which oversees the national checkoff program, subject to USDA review. The 103 members of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board represent all segments of the beef industry, including beef, veal and dairy producers, as well as cattle and beef importers, and are nominated by industry organizations and importers and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
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