Local cattle producers should mark their calendars to vote in the Texas Beef Checkoff Referendum June 2-6, according to Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau Vice President Ernie Herron.
Voting for the referendum will be held at the Palo Pinto County AgriLife Extension office during normal business hours.
Eligible voters must have owned cattle between June 6, 2013, and June 6, 2014. If an owner is less than 16 years of age, their ballot must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Establishing this Texas Beef Checkoff will extend and enhance programs the Texas Beef Council has developed over the last 27 years, as well as fund programs for the future.
If an eligible producer is unable to access an extension service office a mail-in ballot may be requested from TDA between May 19 and June 2. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than close of business Friday, June 6, in order to be counted.
The Texas Beef Checkoff would be funded solely through this assessment on cattle. It is not paid for by taxpayer dollars and is not a government program. If approved, any assessments collected would be refundable upon request.
The program would be managed by Texas cattlemen and women serving on the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas.
If approved, collection of the assessment will begin Oct. 1.
For more information about the Texas Beef Checkoff and the referendum, including voting locations and hours, visit www.texasagriculture.gov or contact your Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office or the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Beef Checkoff FAQ
Q: How will the Texas Beef Checkoff program be funded?
A: The Texas Beef Checkoff program will be funded through a refundable assessment on cattle at each point of ownership transfer in Texas. If approved, the maximum assessment will not exceed $1 per head of cattle.
Q: Is the Texas Beef Checkoff program different than the current U.S. Beef Checkoff program?
A: Yes, the Texas Beef Checkoff program is different and separate from the current U.S. Beef Checkoff. The Texas Beef Checkoff program may complement and extend the U.S. Beef Checkoff efforts.
Unlike the U.S. program, which requires that 50 cents of every dollar collected be sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for programs, the entire Texas Beef Checkoff assessment would be managed by Texas cattlemen and women. Another difference is the Texas Beef Checkoff assessment is refundable.