New Research Fact Sheet
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A new fact sheet from the checkoff’s Product Quality Research program, A Producer’s Guide to Understanding and Improving Quality Grade, outlines how the NBQA calculated the loss attributed to the quality grade shortfalls, the role of marbling in product quality, and a number of tips for producers on how to increase the number of carcasses meeting quality grade goals.
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.