AMS No. 056-13
Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
Vacancies for producer and importer member positions will occur in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Northwest Unit, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Southeast Unit, Southwest Unit, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the Importer Unit.
Any beef producer within the United States that owns cattle or any importer who imports cattle or beef can be considered for nomination. All eligible producers and importers are invited to seek nomination by June 1, 2013. A beef producer must be nominated by a USDA Certified Producer Organization and submit a completed application.
USDA encourages board membership that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by its industry. Diversity includes gender, race, disability, length of service, and size and type of operation.
For the contact information of the Certified Producer Organizations in your state or region, visit: www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms
Composed of 103 members representing 35 states and six geographically contiguous units, the board administers a research and promotion program authorized by the Beef Promotion, Information Act of 1985. The Secretary of Agriculture selects appointees from producers nominated by Certified Producer Organizations.
Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 20 research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.
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