The Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) this week funded a total of 42 program proposals with beef-checkoff dollars for Fiscal 2008. But a tight budget forced the committee to reject $1.8 million in proposals to stay within the Cattlemen's Beef Board's (CBB) $46.8-million national program budget for the coming year. BPOC consists of 10 producer members of the Cattlemen's beef Board and 10 producer reps from the Federation of State Beef Councils.

Earmarked expenditures include:

  • $22.8 million for promotion.
  • $7.4 million for research in beef safety, product enhancement, nutrition and marketing.
  • $6.3 million for consumer information.
  • $2.4 million for industry information.
  • $5.25 million for foreign marketing.
  • $2.3 million for producer communications.
Another $10.66 million in allocations from the Federation of State Beef Councils will further increase checkoff funding of national promotion programs by $4.9 million, research by $1.76 million, consumer info by $1.3 million, industry info by $560,000, and foreign marketing efforts by $2.1 million.

BPOC-authorized programs must be approved by USDA before any money can be spent. Each checkoff contractor works on a cost-recovery basis and is subject to ongoing audits by CBB and USDA.
-- Cattlemen's Beef Board news release