In June the Ohio Beef Council (OBC) and the Beef Checkoff hosted five Ohio food bloggers on a Beef Meets Blog tour to further their understanding of the beef industry. The bloggers toured Robison Farms in Champaign County. Allan and Kelly Robison and their children, Noah and Josie, shared information and answered questions on the day-to-day operations of their cow-calf farm. In addition, the bloggers participated in a photography session with professional food photographer Maria Siriano. It included helpful tips and tricks on photographing beef, as well as correct light exposure techniques and equipment. The bloggers were also treated to dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in Columbus.
The program concluded with a day-long program called The Science Behind Beef presented by Dr. Lyda Garcia, meat science extension specialist at The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences. Throughout the year, these bloggers partner with the OBC to curate new beef recipes and share social media content with their readers.
OBC recently joined the popular TikTok app to share beef’s story and promote beef recipes through an outlet that is serving over 1 billion users monthly. TikTok is a short-form, video-sharing app that allows users to create and share 15-second videos, on any topic. The app is a strong avenue for recipes as many viewers copy recipes they watch on the app in their own home. OBC has currently developed over five new recipe videos used to promote the summer grilling campaign including Hawaiian Steak Kabobs and BBQ Beef Sliders.
Baseball season is in full-swing and OBC partnered with the Columbus Clippers baseball Triple-A team to promote beef during 10 select home games this season. The checkoff-funded promotion prompts fans to follow the QR codes showcased on the large screens in the stadium to the OBC website that features summer grilling ideas, videos of Ohio beef farm families, beef nutrition facts and more. Fans also have the chance to win Beef prize packs at sponsored games.
Erin Stickel, Bowling Green, Chairman • Bill Sexten, Washington C.H., Vice-Chairman Stan Smith, Canal Winchester, Treasurer • Mandy Atterholt, Loudonville • Lou Ellen Harr, Jeromesville Stephanie Harris, St. Clairsville • Bret Layman, Johnstown • Jake Osborn, Lynchburg Becky Reed, Springfield • Sam Roberts, South Charleston • Allan Robison, Cable Ben Seibert, St.Mary's • Susie Turner, Somerset • Kris Vincent, East Canton • Barb Watts, Alexandria • Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director
The Beef Checkoff is a producer-funded marketing and research program designed to increase the demand for beef. The Ohio Beef Checkoff assesses $2 per head on the sale of live cattle. The Beef Checkoff is remitted to the Ohio Beef Council by the 15th of the month following the month of transaction. For example, all Beef Checkoff funds collected during July are due by August 15. The Ohio Beef Council is required by federal law to collect a two percent late payment charge on all Beef Checkoff assessments due and not postmarked by the 15th of the month.