How do I pay into the checkoff?

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By law, all producers selling cattle or calves, for any reason and regardless of age or sex, must pay $1 per head to support beef/veal promotion, research and information through the Beef Promotion and Research Act. Here are some specifics:

  • Whoever makes payment to the seller is considered a “collection point” and must withhold $1-per-head, remitting those funds to the Qualified State Beef Council (QSBC) where they live. Collection points could include auction markets, feedyards, dealers/order buyers, other producers, auctioneers, clerking services, banks, packers and other entities.
  • The buyer is generally responsible for collecting $1 per head from the seller. By law, both buyer and seller are equally liable to see that $1 per head has been collected and paid.
  • Also under the Act and the Order, the State Beef Council is legally responsible for collecting monthly assessments as well as a two percent late charge on checkoff remittances if they are not received in our office, postmarked, by the 15th of the month following the month of sale.
  • No producer is exempt from the checkoff. Buyers who resell cattle no more than 10 days from the date of purchase may file a non-producer status form and avoid paying an additional dollar. They are, however, responsible for remitting collected funds and reporting any transaction to the QSBC.
  • Remember, a dollar or a document. All selling/purchase transactions must be reported. In each case, either $1 per head or non-producer status form document must be collected by the buyer, from the seller, to show the dollar has been collected and paid within the past 10 days.
  • If it is more convenient, the seller of cattle may collect and remit funds collected. For instance, purebred breeders selling to many different buyers may wish to remit the checkoff themselves; persons exporting cattle should also pay when the cattle change hands. Buyers should keep receipts showing the checkoff has been paid.
  • Persons in non-compliance with the Act and Order are subject to a civil penalty of up to $7,500 per transaction, plus unremitted checkoff dollars and interest.
  • Research shows the checkoff returns more than $11 to the industry for every dollar invested. Click here to see the research.
Obtain remittance forms and addresses to pay checkoff assessments by selecting your state from the dropdown menu here.