The beef R&P program operates as the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. The program's goal is to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for beef and beef products. The program is funded by a mandatory assessment of $1 per head collected each time cattle are sold. Imported cattle, beef, and beef products have a comparable assessment.
These assessments, about $72 million annually, fund the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which runs the industry’s research and promotion activities under AMS oversight. From 2006 through 2013, the Beef R&P Program has enhanced the demand for beef at an estimated rate of return of $11.20 for every assessment dollar invested in the program, according to the latest economic evaluation.
The program was created and is administered under the authority of the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (pdf). It became effective on July 18, 1986, when the Beef Promotion and Research Order (pdf) was issued. Assessments began on October 1, 1986.
The Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board has 100 members representing 35 States and 4 geographical units, with 1 additional unit representing importers. Each year, the Secretary appoints one-third of all Board members from cattle producers and importers nominated by eligible organizations.
- Form LS-25 - Application for Certification of Organization or Association
- Certification of Non-Producer Status form
- Conflict of Interest Statement
- Form LS 26 - Nomination of Producers for Appointment to the Beef Board
- LS 26 - 1- Nomination of Importers for Appointment to the Beef Board
- Beef Board AD-755 Form—Advisory Committee Membership Background Information
- Beef Nominee's Agreement to Serve Form
Organic Assessment Exemption
R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.
Proposes Changes to Beef and Soybean Checkoff Programs
On July 15, 2016, AMS proposed changes to the beef and soybean checkoff programs that would allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program.
- Press Release
- Federal Register Notice (pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
- Draft CBB Producer Redirection of Checkoff Assessments Form (pdf)
Mailing Address & Fax Number
USDA, AMS, LPS, RPD
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
STOP 0248 Room 2608
Washington, DC 20250
USDA Oversight Contact
Michael Dinkel, Ag Marketing Specialist