The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Nominations are due August 12, 2020, for 24 producers and four importers. All but one member will serve three-year terms beginning February 2021 and ending February 2024. One importer will complete a one-year term due to a resignation.
Vacancies for producer and importer member positions are available in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, the Southwest Unit (California and Nevada) and the Importer Unit.
Any beef producer in the United States who owns cattle or any importer that imports cattle or beef may be nominated. Producers and importers must be nominated by a USDA certified producer organization and submit a completed application. USDA will select appointees from the nominated producers and importers.
Nomination forms and a list of certified producer organizations in each state or unit are available on the AMS Cattlemen’s Beef Board webpage.
The Cattleman’s Beef Board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 and is composed of 101 members representing 34 separate states, four units of geographically grouped states and one importer unit.
For more information, contact Barbara Josselyn at (202) 690-2611, Barbara.Josselyn@usda.gov or fax (202) 720-1125. You may also send mail to Research and Promotion Division; Livestock and Poultry Program; AMS, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Room 2610-S, STOP 0251; Washington, D.C. 20250-0251.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight of 21 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.
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