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 99 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 LPS-25 - Application for Certification of Organization or Association
- Certification of Non-Producer Status form
- Conflict of Interest Statement
- Form LPS 26 - Nomination of Producers for Appointment to the Beef Board
- LPS 26 - 1- Nomination of Importers for Appointment to the Beef Board
- Monthly Report and Remittance for All Cattle Purchased or Marketed form
- 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.
Changes to Beef and Soybean Checkoff Programs
On May 13, 2019, AMS published a final rule to change the beef and soybean checkoff programs that will allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program.
- Notice to Trade
- Final Rule
- QSBC-1 - (Fillable) CBB Producer Redirection of Checkoff Assessments Form (pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Mailing Address & Fax Number
USDA, AMS, LP, RPD
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
STOP 0251 Room 2610-S
Washington, DC 20250-0251
Fax (202) 720-1125
USDA Oversight Contact
Kahl Sesker, Agricultural Marketing Specialist (oversees Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board)