Farm Progress

MCA encourages cattle producers to register to vote in state checkoff.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

January 6, 2016

2 Min Read
TIME TO REGISTER: Cattle farmers and ranchers can now sign up to vote on the proposed state $1 checkoff.

Cattle farmers and ranchers can now register to vote in the upcoming state beef checkoff referendum.

Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce approved a petition from the Missouri Beef Industry Council after listening to both sides of the checkoff debate during a public hearing in December. The referendum of Missouri cattle producers is to establish a $1 per head state beef checkoff assessment.

RELATED: What cattle producers said about proposed state checkoff

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association is encouraging all cattle producers to take the time to register and vote. Below is the list of requirements to be eligible to vote on the $1 state checkoff by state law:

1. Any cattle producer or entity having sold at least one head of cattle in any of the three previous years is eligible to register.

2. A cattle producer is any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, or unincorporated association engaged within this state in the business of producing bovine animals for market.

3. Marketing History is required by section 275.330.5 RSMo, and must be included for the registration to be valid, that is the number of head owned and marketed in the last three years.

4. Cattle producers may register marketing history using the number of cattle that represent their interest in the business. (For example: A father and son who marketed cattle together may each register to vote by filling out separate forms and only registering the number of cattle that represent their share on each form.)

To access online registration through the Missouri Department of Agriculture website click here.For a printable form to mail click here. Cattle farmers and ranchers can also register at their local USDA Farm Service Agency.

Voter registration will end on March 4. Ballots will be mailed to registered producers April 4. Ballots must be returned with a postmark deadline of April 15, to be considered valid. Results will be announced April 25. 

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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