February 3, 2017
An independent survey of beef and dairy producers finds a majority support the beef checkoff, but support is down from year ago.
“We’ve all experienced a very challenging year, both within the industry and in other aspects of our lives,” says Jo Stanko, Investor Relations Working Group (IRWG) co-chair and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, beef producer. “That’s why we’re not surprised by a decline in support for the checkoff. but it is heartening to see producers becoming more optimistic about the future.”
The random survey of 1,252 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late December 2016.
Among the findings:
69% of producers approve of the beef checkoff program,
76% of producers say the beef checkoff has contributed to a positive trend in beef demand,
73% of producers say the beef checkoff has value even when the economy is weak,
66% of producers say the beef checkoff contributes to the profitability of their operations,
67% say the checkoff represents their interests,
58% believe the checkoff is well-managed.
“Although most indicators have declined in the past year, 76% say ‘if producers don't promote beef through the checkoff, nobody else is going to pay to promote it’,” says Stanko. “This tells me producers believe in what our checkoff is accomplishing, believe in the programs their investments support, and believe that they have control over their own future through the beef checkoff program. That’s even more reason to be actively engaged and learn, then share, what your checkoff is doing.”
The key priority of the working group is to develop strategies that communicate checkoff-funded program results, educate, and build relationships with checkoff investors to gain a better understanding of the Beef Checkoff Program, says IRWG co-chair Kristin Larson, a producer from Sidney, Mont. “One way to start becoming more engaged with your checkoff is to read the 2016 Beef Board Annual Report.”
A summary of the Producer Attitude Study research findings is available online.
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