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Industry Information

Maintains an accurate understanding of the beef industry and helps promote a positive cattle-marketing climate through dissemination of this information to key audiences and stakeholders.

About the Industry Information Program

The Beef Checkoff is dedicated to helping beef producers vocalize their commitment to producing safe, wholesome beef products. With the end goal of enhancing the image of the beef industry, Industry Information programs work to develop new markets, marketing strategies and increase efficiency and activities. These Beef Checkoff programs focus on issues, management, public relations and beef and veal quality assurance.

Contractors With Projects Funded Under Industry Information

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The Beef Checkoff’s industry information program prepares beef producers to respond to issues appropriately and offers additional training to develop credible advocates within the beef community.

Fiscal Year 2024 Initiatives include:
  • Utilize the Beef Digital Command Center to see who is talking about beef and what is said, and use the issues management team to respond to issues and crises as they occur.
  • Increase participation in the Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program, which provides training to develop credible advocates and spokespeople within the beef community, equipping them with information and resources to readily engage in conversations and address consumer concerns about beef and how cattle are raised.
  • Increase the number of producers that are Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified and promote understanding of the BQA program and the positive outcomes it provides for the beef industry.
  • Maintain the issues management program as a trusted counselor and go-to resource for state beef councils.

2024 Funding: $2,704,450

North American Meat Institute (NAMI)

NAMI’s Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) reinforces consumer confidence in veal as a protein choice and helps build trust that veal is ethically and responsibly produced with a high priority on animal wellbeing.

Fiscal Year 2024 initiatives include:
  • Provide ongoing program management to ensure 95 percent of all U.S milk-fed veal are from VQA-certified farms.
  • Provide program and industry updates on VQA to veal growers and industry professionals through newsletters.
  • Develop educational resources of updated VQA program content and promote the new program manual to industry stakeholders and farmers through an educational webinar, media release and email marketing efforts.

2024 Funding: $55,000

National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)

NIAA supports the beef industry’s commitment to One Health – healthy humans, healthy animals. This includes hosting the annual Antibiotics Symposium, which focuses on continued knowledge about responsible antibiotic use and the primary efforts aimed at combating antimicrobial resistance.

Fiscal Year 2024 initiatives include:
  • Engage animal agriculture leaders (including beef producers), processors, retailers, research scientists, academia, environmental NGOs and human health professionals at the Antibiotics Symposium to share insights and experiences.
  • Have beef producer participants engage with Center for Disease Control leaders and serve as trusted resources on information related to farm and ranch practices.
  • Provide resources and materials for beef producers to engage with influencers and consumers in a more streamlined process.
  • Engage state beef councils in pre and post-Antibiotic Symposium media interviews such as commercial radio, podcasts, farm news, etc. to provide beef producers with key takeaways advanced by the Symposium agenda.

2024 Funding: $60,000

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