You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Texas beef federation celebrates 50 years
AUSTIN -- It was a presence well before the mandatory $1-per-head beef checkoff was created in 1985. And the Federation of State Beef Councils recognizes that presence, celebrating its 50th anniversary as a force for grass-roots participation in beef check-off programs.
The Federation was originally created as the Beef Industry Council of the National Live Stock and Meat Board in 1963. It moved to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association when the Beef Industry Council and the National Cattlemen’s Association merged in 1996 to form the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. While it has had two homes in its lifetime, the Federation’s role has not changed through the years, according to Texas Beef Council Chairman Ken Leiber, a beef producer from Fort Worth.
“The Federation allows producer interests and opinions to flow from the grassroots level up by having significant input in the workings of the national Beef Checkoff Program,” Leiber said. “Fifty years ago producers recognized the importance of grass-roots control which led to a unified state-national partnership to enhance beef demand-building efforts throughout the country.”
By the time the Beef Industry Council was created in 1963, many states had already created their own state check-off programs, and supported a coordinated national effort that could build on their efforts. More states would soon join them; by 1980, another 25 states had formed councils. Today, there are 45 state beef councils qualified by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to collect the $1-per-head mandatory national beef check-off in their states.
The first voluntary beef check-off program in Texas was formed in September 1954. The program grew out of studies which took place by the promotion subcommittee of the Public Relations Committee of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. This committee launched the Texas Beef Council, which was then developed as a separate and independent organization. More than 3,000 cattle producers joined the program by paying a self-assessment of 5 cents per head, with a $10 minimum. Allied industries and suppliers such as feed mills, banks, and stockyards also contributed to financing the program.
“The mandatory beef checkoff program began in 1986 forming our current organization,” said Texas Beef Council Executive Vice President Richard Wortham. “Still today, the Federation is the core of a solid state-national partnership. About 700 producers who sit on state beef council boards help make decisions about in-state promotions and supplements to national and international demand-building programs.”
The beef councils voted overwhelmingly in July 2010 to maintain the partnership between the Federation and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, while creating more independence for the Federation. Since that time, Federation leaders and staff have been working to perfect a structure that ensures greater independence, while still preserving a 16-year successful working relationship within the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Agriculture Today Archives
Customs intercepts pest new to the United States (May 25, 2016)
Does wounded tree have a chance? (May 25, 2016)
Livestock Market Reports (May 25, 2016)
Mother Nature whips Wilson County crops (May 25, 2016)
Scrapie confirmed in Texas (May 25, 2016)
TDA Market Recap (May 25, 2016)
Texas Hay Report (May 25, 2016)
Beef cattle seven-year decline ends (May 18, 2016)
Educational video for water well owners (May 18, 2016)
Free Beef Quality Assurance training set for May 25 (May 18, 2016)
Fretwell wins Region 8 high school all around rookie saddle (May 18, 2016)
Grant to restore, enhance the monarch butterfly habitat (May 18, 2016)
Grass-fed beef conference (May 18, 2016)
Gun safety and barbecue in New Braunfels (May 18, 2016)
La Vernia Poultry Judging wins state, advances to nationals (May 18, 2016)
Lawn, landscape, rainwater program May 21 in Floresville (May 18, 2016)
Lesser prairie chicken off the list (May 18, 2016)
Livestock Market Reports (May 18, 2016)
Luling Foundation Field Day (May 18, 2016)
Protecting your tomatoes (May 18, 2016)
TDA Market Recap (May 18, 2016)
Texas Hay Report (May 18, 2016)
As El Nińo fades, expect warmer, drier weather says Texas A&M expert (May 11, 2016)
Floresville team wins second at state (May 11, 2016)
Livestock Market Reports (May 11, 2016)
Llamas, load up! (May 11, 2016)
TDA Market Recap (May 11, 2016)
Texas Hay Report (May 11, 2016)
Transplanting mountain laurels (May 11, 2016)
2016 La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Show (May 4, 2016)
Beef, forage symposium May 10 (May 4, 2016)
Cattle raisers’ crime watch (May 4, 2016)
Corn acreage increases in Texas (May 4, 2016)
Help controlling the weeds (May 4, 2016)
Krueger leads the way at La Vernia stock show (May 4, 2016)
Land Heritage nomination deadline nears (May 4, 2016)
Livestock Market Reports (May 4, 2016)
TDA Market Recap (May 4, 2016)
Texas Hay Report (May 4, 2016)
May 2016 Gardening Calendar (May 1, 2016)