Beef Board Recommends Separating Federation from NCBA

Via The BARN…

The Federation of State Beef Councils would continue to be a strong checkoff entity but would be free from the influence of any policy organization if it were a separate entity from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. That’s the conclusion of a recommendation from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee this week.

Acting on a request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the CBB Executive Committee on June 22 unanimously approved a motion recommending separation of the Federation and NCBA.

The motion states:

“The Federation should be a strong, independent, checkoff entity. The Federation should be separate from any policy organization, since all funds for the checkoff come from mandatory assessments of producers and importers. The checkoff is owned by, and responsible to, all producers and importers, and no specific organization. It is not the intent of the Executive Committee that this motion has any effect on the structure of state beef councils.”

“This recommendation by no means undermines the role of the Federation as a full partner in checkoff activities,” said Executive Committee Chairman Tom Jones, a producer in Arkansas. “The Federation division of NCBA does a tremendous job at managing national checkoff programs.

“We are in no way calling into question the quality of work produced, but because of increased input from industry organizations about the structure of the Federation as a division of a membership organization, we believe the Federation of State Beef Councils should exist independently,” Jones continued. “As NCBA looks at restructuring its organization, we believe a stronger Federation should be the cornerstone to any changes.”

The recommendation has been forwarded to NCBA leadership and to USDA for consideration.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carlyle Currier on June 24, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    As a former CBB member, I know how politically difficult passing this motion would be. I compliment the Exec. Cmt. for doing so. While I am a NCBA member, many who pay the mandatory checkoff are not and the perception that they are being forced to financially support NCBA policy nearly led to a vote to kill the checkoff a few years ago. The many demand building programs funded by the checkoff are essential to the future of our industry, and we cannot afford to loose this vital program because of the perception that the Federation of State Beef Councils is being influenced by the NCBA Policy Division.


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