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Strengthening Technical Outreach about Sustainability

The Sustainability Executive Summary presents the results of the checkoff’s sustainability assessment of the beef industry in a format designed to target audiences who have advanced baseline knowledge of sustainability. The executive summary also provides a broad overview of the work to individuals interested in learning more about the holistic and complex nature of the project.

Coordinating Beef Research and Dissemination

Interaction with industry partners to discuss research progress and new ideas is a critical component of the checkoff’s post-harvest research program. With that in mind, more than 220 other representatives from the beef-supply chain for the 2014 Beef Industry Safety Summit – funded in part by the beef checkoff – March 4-6 in Dallas. Offering a dynamic agenda, this three-day event included: an update about current safety research from leading scientists; presentations and interactive sessions with food industry leaders reflecting on safety accomplishments while challenging all participants on future needs; joint sessions on common-interest safety topics and breakout sessions focused on specific sectors of the beef business, each providing opportunity for direct interaction with representatives from all beef-industry segments. For more information, visit www.BIFSCO.org.


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Consumers looking for nutrition and dietary information about beef can go to www.beefnutrition.org to order or download materials and research information, or find a schedule of nutrition events and seminars.
 
Consumers, producers and other industry professionals can go to www.beefresearch.org for summaries of checkoff-funded research in the areas of beef safety, human nutrition, product enhancement and market research, projects which provide the foundation for checkoff programs in promotion, marketing, education, information and foreign marketing.
 
Safety is a priority of the beef industry and www.bifsco.org,  houses information about the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo), its discussions and meetings, an application to join the council, and consumer information about beef safety.
 
Finding new convenient cuts is one very successful way the checkoff has helped add value to the beef carcass over the years. In cooperation with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://bovine.unl.edu/ is the industry’s primary beef cut resource.
 
Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program information is available at www.bqa.org where you can find systematic information about coupling proper animal-husbandry techniques with accepted scientific knowledge to improve the quality of the end beef products.
 
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a misunderstood but potentially serious animal disease. For the most accurate information, turn to www.bseinfo.org, an informational site housing current information regarding for consumers, producers and beef industry representatives.
 
While never occurring in the United States, www.fmdinfo.org is an informational site housing current information regarding foot-and-mouth disease for consumers, producers and beef industry representatives.

 


Research - Archive


According to the Beef Act, research means studies relative to the effectiveness of market development and promotion efforts, studies relating to the nutritional value of beef and beef products, other related food science research including beef safety and pathogen research, product-enhancement research, market research and new product development research. Checkoff-funded research aims to maintain and increase consumer confidence in beef and beef products and provides the basis for development of program focus in all areas of checkoff investment by measuring market demands and tracking the state of the industry. The checkoff cannot fund cattle production research.



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