USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations for people to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
Vacancies for producer and importer member positions will occur in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Mid-Atlantic Unit (Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.), the Northwest Unit (Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington), the Southeast Unit (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina), the Southwest Unit (California and Nevada), and the Importer Unit.
Any U.S. beef producer who owns cattle or any importer who imports cattle or beef can be considered for nomination. Nominations are due by July 7, 2016. Producers and importers must be nominated through a USDA-certified producer or importer organization and submit the appropriate paperwork. For the contact information of the certified organizations in your state or unit, visit: www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/research-promotion/beef.
Composed of 100 members representing 35 states and six geographically contiguous units, the board administers a research and promotion program authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985. The agriculture secretary selects appointees from submitted nominations.
Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, were authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 20 research and promotion boards. AMS provides oversight, helping to ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency, and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.
For more information, contact Mike Dinkel; Agricultural Marketing Specialist; Research and Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Room 2610-S, STOP 0249; Washington, D.C. 20250-0249; tel. (202) 689-9348, e-mail Michael.Dinkel@ams.usda.gov.
Source: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service