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Beef Checkoff

The national Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The mandatory checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. The checkoff is collected by state beef councils, like the Ohio Beef Council (OBC). Half of each dollar is forwarded to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) which oversees the national checkoff program, subject to USDA review. The other half of the dollar is retained by the OBC to fund state-based programs, which complement and extend the industry-wide effort. Independent research shows that the checkoff has increased profit opportunities for producers, netting a return of $5.55 for every dollar invested.

In March 2014, a state checkoff of $1 was added to the federal $1 checkoff through a referendum that was approved by 72 percent of Ohio's beef producers who voted. The state checkoff went into effect in June 2014. The OBC Operating Committee directs the investment of state checkoff funds to extend beef’s presence in Ohio’s schools, conduct public relations outreach and farm tours for Ohio’s food professionals, directly connect with consumers through spokesperson training programs, provide nutrition seminars for health professionals and develop a greater statewide media presence through radio, print, and social media all which help to reach Ohio’s 11.5 million consumers with a beef message.

Refunds of the $1 state checkoff are available by written request using an approved Ohio Beef Council refund form. These forms can be requested by contacting the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736 or emailing beef@ohiobeef.org. No refund is available on the first dollar since it is governed by the federal checkoff program.

Monthly Remittance Form - Download and print this form to remit checkoff dollars for auction market sales, order buyers and feedlots. You can also download information on How to Complete the Monthly Remittance Form.

Private Treaty Form - Download and print this form to remit checkoff dollars for private treaty sales.

Frequently Asked Questions About Remitting Federal Checkoff Dollars
7. Shared Ownership
10. Who pays the checkoff?

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