Maine Beef Industry Council Closed

Welcome Visitors to the Former Maine Beef Industry Council (MBIC) website!

You have been redirected to this page because the MBIC has closed its doors, and your future checkoff information and services will be provided directly by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), which administers the national Beef Checkoff Program.

With the retirement of Executive Director Judy Powell on Dec. 31, 2014 and an increasingly limited checkoff budget in the state, the MBIC Board of Directors recently made the difficult decision to close the beef council at the end of 2014. That left the Beef Checkoff Program with a total of 44 Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBCs) effective Jan. 1, 2015. Maine joined five other states -- Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island -- that do not have state beef councils administering state checkoff programs.

And while change can be difficult, this does not mean that the Beef Checkoff Program is going away. Moving forward, however, all beef and dairy cattle producers and collecting points or individuals in Maine must remit their $1-per-head beef checkoff assessments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Those checkoff dollars will go toward funding national checkoff programming in promotion, research, information and foreign marketing.

In addition, the CBB producer-communications team will take over checkoff communications with producers in Maine, and CBB Director of Collections Compliance now is monitoring collections compliance in Maine. Go to THIS LINK to get the remittance address for your dollar-per-head beef checkoff assessments in Maine, and please feel free to contact Chad Smith ( or 303-867-6304) with ANY questions you have about this change or about your national Beef Checkoff Program.

Representation on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board

The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (the Act) created the national Beef Checkoff Program. The checkoff is set up as a partnership between state and national programs. In the states with a state beef council, that council is allowed to retain up to 50 cents per head on assessments collected on that state’s cattle for in-state programming efforts, while the remaining portion of the $1 per head is sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for investment in the national checkoff program.

For states without a state beef council, the full $1-per-head assessment goes to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which is a stand-alone organization of checkoff-paying beef producers and importers who volunteer their time and efforts to administer the national portion of the Beef Checkoff Program. Members of the Board are beef producers and importers appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by eligible state organizations. Each state or geographical region with at least 500,000 head of cattle is entitled to representation on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

With that in mind, Maine now is part of the Northeast Region, which also includes Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Maine Beef Producers Association is a certified nominating organization and should receive notification from USDA each time a nomination for the Northeast Region is needed. Jane Clifford, a dairy producer from Starksboro, Vermont, is the current Board representative for that region.

Again, if you have any questions, please contact Chad Smith at the Beef Board office. And while you're here on the website, take a little time to explore some of the information available to all cattle producers and importers about your investments in the beef checkoff, and feel free to contact Diane Henderson ( or 303-867-6302) if you have difficulty with the website or are not finding what you need. We are here for you!