Contact: Michaela Kramer - Director of Communications, Ohio Beef Council, 614-873-6736
The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) recently published its 2018 Annual Report, providing results of Ohio Beef Checkoff programs to the beef producers in Ohio who invest in this demand-building program.
“The annual report allows beef producers to take an in-depth look at how the federal and state checkoffs are invested. Throughout the year, our checkoff funds programs that increase demand for beef not only in Ohio but around the globe,” said Jamie Graham, chairman of the OBC Operating Committee. “We’re proud to share this report with producers across the state.”
Included in the annual report is an overview of revenues and expenditures for fiscal 2018, as well as summaries of programs from each OBC budget category; these include innovation, stewardship, nutrition, issues management and producer communications. In addition, you’ll find a letter from the Federation of State Beef Councils Chairman Dawn Caldwell, an overview of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board fiscal 2018 expenditures and results from each Beef Board budget category.
The purpose of this publication is to provide financial transparency to Ohio’s beef producers who invest in the checkoff and share the success of the funds’ implementation.
The national beef checkoff program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill and assesses $1-per-head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. Under the law that guides the checkoff, 50 cents of each Ohio checkoff dollar must go to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for national programs. The OBC Operating Committee, consisting of 15 Ohio cattlemen and women appointed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, invests the other half dollar in state-based programs.
In March 2014, Ohio beef producers voted to add a refundable $1-per-head state checkoff to the federal dollar. The state checkoff went into effect in June 2014.