Georgia beef producers approve continuation of state checkoff
Georgia beef producers voted to continue the $1 per head assessment for beef cattle through the renewal of the Beef Commission Marketing Order. Voting members renewed the assessment the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef with a 79% favorable vote. The referendum took place during June.
“The 79.48% was a strong affirmation by Georgia beef producers that the funds are important and the projects funded are important to the cattle industry of Georgia,” said Georgia Beef Commission Chairman John Callaway.
The Georgia Beef Commission was established by the Georgia legislature in 2013 and a commission marketing order was created in 2014. The order requires an assessment to be collected on all animals sold for beef in Georgia and must be voted on every three years for continuation.
Assessments collected by the Georgia Beef Commission support education and research projects on wellness, feed, breeding and career development for in-state education. Additionally, the commission supports promotion activities to encourage awareness on the nutritional qualities of beef.
Since the inception of the Georgia Beef Commission, approximately 2.5 million dollars has been put to work for the Georgia beef producers.