Looking Back Over the Years

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Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013

At the Cattle Industry Summer Conference a celebration was held for 50 years of the Federation of State Beef Councils. Up on stage at the opening general session was John Huston. John is well-known by so many people in the industry for his long service and he talked about a lot of the history of the bBeef checkoff and the people involved in its creation and evolution. Listen to his comments here.



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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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