The Federation of State Beef Councils would continue to be a strong checkoff entity but would be free from the influence of any policy organization if it were a separate entity from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). That’s the conclusion of a recommendation from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee this week.

Acting on concerns expressed by industry organizations and the expectations of the Federation included in U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s May 17 letter to NCBA, the CBB Executive Committee on June 22 unanimously approved a motion recommending separation of the Federation and NCBA. The motion states:

“The Federation should be a strong, independent, checkoff entity. The Federation should be separate from any policy organization, since all funds for the checkoff come from mandatory assessments of producers and importers. The checkoff is owned by, and responsible to, all producers and importers, and no specific organization. It is not the intent of the Executive Committee that this motion has any effect on the structure of state beef councils.”

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