May Beef Month Proclamation

May Beef Month Proclamation

April 24, 2017

Doug Bear, Director of Industry Relations, 515-296-2305

AMES, IA - The Iowa Beef Industry Council is pleased to announce that May is Beef Month in Iowa.  Governor Terry Branstad has signed the May Beef Month proclamation in recognition of the importance of Iowa’s beef industry to the state’s economy.  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is pleased to present the following proclamation.

Whereas Iowa is a major beef producing state with nearly 3.85 million head of cattle on January 1, 2017; and

Whereas the beef industry contributes greatly to our economy by generating in excess of $6.9 billion annually, and creating jobs for nearly 40,000 Iowans; and

Whereas today's beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food providing protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins with more than 30 beef cuts that meet the government’s definition for “lean”; and

Whereas beef producers are the original environmentalists working to conserve the soil and making optimum use of natural resources; and

Whereas Iowa is a leader in the export of value-added agriculture products, shipping high-quality Iowa beef to other countries around the world; and

Whereas there is an ever-increasing need for better understanding of the benefits that the beef industry provides to all Iowans;

Now therefore, I, Terry Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017 as Beef Month in Iowa, and urge all citizens to appreciate the contributions the beef industry continues to provide to our state. 


About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit

Governor Terry E. Branstad signed the May Beef Month proclamation with beef producers to recognize of the importance of Iowa’s beef industry to our state’s economy.