The $2 Ohio Beef Checkoff
The national Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The mandatory checkoff 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. The checkoff is collected by state beef councils, like the Ohio Beef Council (OBC). Half of each dollar is forwarded to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) which oversees the national checkoff program, subject to USDA review. The other half of the dollar is retained by the OBC to fund state-based programs, which complement and extend the industry-wide effort.
In March 2014, a state checkoff of $1 was added to the federal $1 checkoff through a referendum that was approved by 72 percent of Ohio's beef producers who voted. The state checkoff went into effect in June 2014. The OBC Operating Committee directs the investment of state checkoff funds to extend beef’s presence in Ohio’s schools, conduct public relations outreach and farm tours for Ohio’s food professionals, directly connect with consumers through spokesperson training programs, provide nutrition seminars for health professionals and develop a greater statewide media presence through radio, print, and social media all which help to reach Ohio’s 11.5 million consumers with a beef message.
Refunds of the $1 state checkoff are available by written request using an approved Ohio Beef Council refund form. These forms can be requested through our Contact page or by calling the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736. No refund is available on the first dollar since it is governed by the federal checkoff program.
Submit all completed remittance and/or private treaty forms to:
Ohio Beef Council
10600 U.S. Highway 42
Marysville, OH 43040
Private Treaty Form
Download and print this form to remit checkoff dollars for private treaty sales.