Contact: Ashley Dentinger - Manager of Consumer Programs & Digital Marketing, 614-873-6736
The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) recently published its 2019 annual report, providing results of Ohio Beef Checkoff programs to the beef producers in Ohio who invest in this demand-building program.
Included in the annual report is an overview of revenues and expenditures for fiscal 2019, as well as summaries of programs from each OBC budget category; these include innovation, stewardship, nutrition, issues management and producer communications. The purpose of this publication is to provide financial transparency to Ohio’s beef producers who invest in the checkoff.
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, for a total Ohio beef checkoff of $2-per-head collected at the point of sale when ownership changes.