Deadline Approaching for Checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award Nominations!

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Date: Friday, July 13, 2012

Reminder:  The August 10 application deadline for the fifth annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award is quickly approaching.

The National BQA Awards recognize four winners in the area of beef, dairy, marketing and education:

  • The beef and dairy awards recognize producers that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.
  • The BQA Educator Award is open to individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.
  • The BQA Marketer Award is open to livestock markets, cattle buyers and supply-chain programs that promote BQA to their customers and offer them opportunities to get certified.

BQA award winners will be selected by a committee of representatives from universities, state beef councils and affiliated groups. Nominations can be submitted by any organization, group, or individual on behalf of a U.S. beef producer, marketer or educator. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, though nominees are expected to be involved in preparation of the application.

To submit an application, click here. Applications are due via the online submission form by Aug. 10, 2012.

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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.
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