Get to Know John Schafer
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John Schafer of Buffalo Lake, Minn., is a Cattlemen’s Beef Board member, vice chairman of the checkoff's Joint Product Enhancement Committee, and an elected member of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee. He’s also a ‘lifer’ in the cattle business, a fourth-generation rancher who grew up on a farm that’s been in family hands since 1900. Get to know John here.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.