By law, all producers selling cattle or calves, for any reason and regardless of age or sex, must pay $1.00-per-head (National) to support beef promotion, research and information through the Beef Promotion and Research Act and $.50-per-head through Iowa Code Chapter 181 (State).
Iowa Beef Industry Council
PO Box 451
Ames, IA 50010-0451
The beef checkoff doesn't own cattle, packing plants or retail outlets. It can't control prices or singlehandedly turn around a bad market. The Beef Checkoff Program was designed to stimulate consumers to buy more beef. This is accomplished through a combination of initiatives including consumer advertising, research, public relations, education and new product development.
The Beef Checkoff Program invests in programs designed to enhance beef demand.
Promotion - Encompasses advertising, new product development and promotions partnerships with restaurants and supermarkets to stimulate sales of beef in the marketplace.
Research - Information and promotion projects are developed based on consumer, nutrition, beef safety and product enhancement research.
Consumer Information - Works to enhance beef's image through nutritional data and other positive messages targeted to news media, food editors, teachers, dietitians, physicians and other groups.
Industry Information - Promotes an understanding of the beef industry and maintains a positive marketing climate by helping to provide factual information concerning the beef industry.
Foreign Marketing - Seeks to identify and develop international markets for U.S. beef and beef variety meats.
Producer Communications - Aims to inform beef producers about how checkoff dollars are being invested and communicates program results. The Beef Checkoff Program acts as a catalyst to promote beef for change.
The law does not allow checkoff funds to be used for lobbying activities to influence public policy or government affairs.
The Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program is refundable. A producer who has paid an assessment to the mandatory Iowa State Beef Checkoff may obtain a refund of the amount paid by filing an application for refund with the Iowa Beef Industry Council within 90 days after the sale of cattle. The application must be in writing, on a form provided by the Iowa Beef Industry Council for that purpose, and accompanied by proof of payment of the assessment. The current National Beef Checkoff Program is not refundable. Contact us for the form
For more information about the Beef Checkoff, please call 515-296-2305 or email IBIC.