Checkoff program approved
Jul 29, 2014 | 294 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Agriculture announced this month that Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level beef checkoff program, which was approved by a wide margin of 66.79 percent of voters.

Passage of the referendum establishes a producer-funded program without the use of tax dollars. The beef checkoff program will research ways to continue improving Texas beef quality, as well as educate prospective consumers of Texas beef around the world. Texas beef producers will pay a refundable assessment of no more than $1 per head of cattle they sell. Collection of the assessment will begin Oct. 1.

Voting on the measure took place June 2-6.

Beef producers, regardless of age, who owned cattle in Texas between June 6, 2013 and June 6, 2014 were eligible to vote in the election.
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