About The Federation of State Beef Councils

The Federation of State Beef Councils is an organization which represents the 45 Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBC) that collect the $1 per-head beef checkoff under the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order. The Federation’s vision statement sets its intent: to build beef demand by inspiring, unifying and supporting an effective state/national checkoff partnership.

Under the law, QSBCs may retain up to 50 cents of each dollar collected and may decide to contribute a portion of their 50-cent share of the checkoff to the Federation; these dollars in turn may be invested in national checkoff programs. In this way, the Federation is part of a unified state-national checkoff partnership, to enhance beef demand-building efforts throughout the country. Producers, selected by each state to represent them, make up the Federation board. This structure ensures that producer interests and opinions flow from the grassroots up for national consideration.

The Federation and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) each elect 10 members from their respective organizations to sit on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC),the group which – under the Act – makes final national checkoff funding decisions, subject to approval by the CBB board and USDA. The producers elected by the Federation are certified by the Secretary of Agriculture as producers that are directors of a QSBC.

The Federation has a long history, with roots stretching back to a voluntary checkoff in the 1920s. Formerly a part of the National Live Stock and Meat Board, the Federation now is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) after a USDA-approved industry merger in 1996. This system provides operational efficiencies, such as sharing offices and other business resources.

The Federation is responsible for its own business decisions and financial accountability. To further define and codify itself as an independent entity, the Federation has adopted a Resolution outlining its synergy with NCBA, as well a Statement of Beliefs and a Charter of (Independent) Principles.