Nebraska Beef Producers Elected
Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska beef industry leaders J.D. Alexander and Craig Uden have been elected to national positions within the organizational structure that decides how beef checkoff dollars are invested at state and national levels. The two assumed the positions during the annual cattle industry convention last week in Reno, Nev.
Alexander, a feeder from Pilger, Neb., will serve a one-year term as the vice chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils. The Federation is an alliance of 45 state beef councils that officially collect the beef checkoff dollars that are later invested in state and national beef market development efforts.
Uden, a cow/calf producer and feeder from Elwood, Neb., will serve a one-year term on the Beef Promotion and Operating Committee; he is one of 10 Federation representatives on the BPOC. Both Uden and Alexander serve on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Beef Council.
The beef checkoff is a $1-per-head assessment a majority of cattlemen voted upon themselves in 1986 to spend on advertising, beef safety research, product enhancement, new product development, foodservice and retail programs and consumer education. Importers are assessed a comparable amount for beef products they import into the United States.
Beef councils collect checkoff dollars and forward 50 cents to the national Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB). They retain the other 50 cents for in-state use or to re-invest with the Federation for national beef promotion efforts.
Each year the beef checkoff undergoes a producer-driven budget and program planning process. The BPOC, with 10 Federation members and 10 CBB members, approves the final national plan. National programs are funded by investments from the Federation (the states’ 50 cents) and the national 50 cents, collected through the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. This BPOC will approve plans for FY 2009, which begins Oct. 1, 2008.
In addition to contributing monies to national beef checkoff programs, the Federation oversees the Federation Initiative Fund, which has just topped $1 million. This fund works with voluntary contributions from states with high checkoff collections to support beef promotions in areas of the country with high consumer populations but low cattle numbers.
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