According to the Beef Promotion and Research Act, checkoff funds cannot be used to influence government policy or action, including lobbying. Therefore, Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) serves as the administrator of the Beef Checkoff and cannot take a position on policy matters or cannot lobby. Producers should feel welcome to share their views with their individual farming and ranching organizations.
There are Beef Checkoff contractors that have legislative branches or policy-focused areas within their overall organization. However, checkoff dollars cannot and are not shared with that sector of said organization. The Beef Checkoff is a national producer-funded program. By law, checkoff dollars are only utilized for promotion, advertising, research and education.