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Serve on the Cattlemen's National Beef Board  
Members of national commodity promotion boards (sometimes called councils) are nominated by industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. USDA is concerned about the number of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities on the Board’s. It is USDA's policy that board membership accurately reflects the diversity of individuals served by the programs various commodity boards. Therefore, it is USDA’s policy that membership on USDA boards and committees (1) be open to all individuals without regard based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital or familial status, political beliefs, parental status, receipt of public assistance, or protected genetic information, and (2) reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs. USDA is committed to equal opportunity and seeks your organization's support in fulfilling this commitment. USDA encourages eligible women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to seek nomination to serve on the boards and participate in their deliberations. Each year, approximately 1/3 of the membership of each group must be reappointed. Generally, members may serve two three-year terms. Some boards also have alternate members.

Members of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board are nominated by the industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Members serve a vital role in overseeing the Cattlemen’s Beef Board’s Program operations.

MEMBERSHIP: The Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, usually referred to as the Cattlemen's Beef Board, consists of 100 members (94 producers and 6 importers), including domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of live cattle or beef and beef products.

NEXT TERM OF OFFICE: All board members serve three-year terms. No board member shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. Approximately one-third of the Board is appointed each year.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: A nominee to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board must be a domestic beef producer or importer of cattle, beef or beef products and pays the mandatory assessment.

NOMINATION PROCESS: Nominations to the Board are accepted from certified eligible organizations representing producer and importer organizations. The eligibility of State cattle or general farm organizations or associations is determined by USDA and is based on provisions defined in the Beef Promotion and Research Act. All nominees are subject to USDA background review.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you would like additional information on the Beef Checkoff Program, please contact:

Craig Shackelford
Marketing Programs Division, Livestock Poultry and Seed, AMS, USDA
22 Jamesport Lane
White, GA 30184
PH. 470-315-4246

  Last Modified Date: 06/10/2015