Article via NEBPI, a subcontractor to the Beef Checkoff
Throughout the month of September, the Beef Checkoff is partnering with Northeast-based blogger Christina Hitchcock of It Is A Keeper surrounding Back to School with Beef. Recipes, time saving tips, tricks and more will be shared with followers to help get the school year off to a happy and healthy start.
Christina kicked off the series with a post about utilizing a multi-cooker to cook frozen Ground Beef to utilize in a variety of recipes. We’ve all been in the 5 o’clock panic, realizing we don’t have beef thawed out in the refrigerator. The blog post outlines the ease of utilizing a multi-cooker to get safe, fully-cooked Ground Beef in under 30 minutes. You can read it, here. Additional posts will include:
- Cheesesteak Stuffed Shells
- Beef Lasagna Soup
- Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Additional outreach surrounding this campaign included a sponsored segment on WNEP-TV’s Home & Backyard, which aired Saturday, September 8th. The segment featured Christina walking through her quick weeknight Cheesesteak Stuffed Shells recipe. The segment can be viewed, here. Nutritional messaging was also shared throughout the segment to remind viewers that beef’s essential nutrients will fuel their family’s busy lifestyle. Kaitlyn Carey, Director of Consumer Affairs with the checkoff’s Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative notes, “Our partnership with social influencers, like Christina, allows us to have a larger impact with Northeast consumer groups we would not have access to without these relationships.”
Partnership opportunities like this allow the Beef Checkoff to engage directly with our regional social influencers, while disseminating beef information to our Northeast consumers. Beef checkoff-funded research  in the Northeast shows that nutrition-focused efforts are making a difference with the Northeast’s metropolitan consumers. Messaging related to beef’s protein, lean cuts and essential nutrients appear to be reaching and favorably influencing consumers.
Kaitlyn Carey; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the NEBPI website.
 Consumer Beef Index, July 2017, Funded by the Beef Checkoff
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 may 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.