Isn’t the Beef Board really just part of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association?

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No. The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, more commonly referred to as the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), was created as part of the 1985 Farm Bill charged with administering the Beef Promotion and Research Act and as such the Beef Checkoff program. It is an independent body made up of members who are individually nominated by certified nominating organizations and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve a three-year term. Members include domestic beef, dairy and veal producers as well as importers of beef and beef products.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is the national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers. NCBA works to advance political and social interests of its members. By law, Beef Checkoff dollars cannot be used in this branch of NCBA’s organization or for any type of political issue or policy interest.

NCBA is one of the “national nonprofit industry-governed organizations” defined in the Act and as such, can contract with CBB to conduct checkoff programs. It carries out beef and beef product promotion, research, information and related activities financed by the Beef Checkoff and similar market development investments.