Iowans named to national beef checkoff committees
Three Iowa beef producers were selected to serve on national committees to oversee the Beef Checkoff Program at the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention held in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 6 to 9.
Terri Carstensen, Odebolt, and Will Frazee, Emerson, will serve one-year terms on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, which will make final budget allocations for fiscal year 2014 national checkoff programs.
Dean Black, Somers, was selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Black, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, represents Iowa cattle producers on the Beef Board.
Carstensen represents the Iowa Beef Industry Council on the Federation of State Beef Councils, which is an alliance of 45 state beef councils that collect the $1 per-head beef checkoff. State beef councils forward 50 cents to the national CBB and retain the other 50 cents for in-state use or to re-invest with the Federation to extend national beef promotion efforts. Frazee also serves on the CBB.
Each year the beef checkoff undergoes a producer-driven budget and program planning process. The Operating Committee, made up of 10 Federation members and 10 CBB members, approves the final national plan. National programs are funded by investments from the Federation (from state beef council investments) and the national 50 cents, collected through the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The Operating Committee will approve plans for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, 2013.
The beef checkoff is a $1-per-head assessment which a majority of cattlemen voted upon themselves in 1986 to invest in 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.
The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand. For more information, visit www.iabeef.org.