Iowa Beef Checkoff Yields $680K In First Seven Months
by Erin Jordan, The Gazette
Posted: 2018-03-08 15:32:29 EST

A new 50-cents-a-head state beef checkoff brought in just over $680,000 in the first seven months to be used for increased online beef promotion, livestock production research and support of livestock groups, the Iowa Beef Industry Council reported.

Iowa beef producers voted in late 2016 to approve a state beef checkoff that would add 50 cents to the $1 tax livestock producers pay each time they sell a head of cattle in Iowa.

“The dollar per head had eroded over time,” Council Executive Director Chris Freland told The Gazette last week. “Expenses had gone up and there was increased competition from other protein sources.”

Between March 1, 2017, when state checkoff collections started, and Sept. 30, when the council ended its fiscal year, the state program brought in $703,000, according to the council’s annual report, released last month.

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