STATE BEEF CHECKOFF REFERENDUM PASSES EASILY
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's 10th Beef Checkoff Referendum since 1962 easily passed again last week as the state's cattlemen approved renewing the program by an 87 percent margin.
More than 1,100 votes were cast, representing each of Alabama's 67 counties.
"We're all glad to see our state checkoff continue," said Orland Britnell, president of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association and cattle producer from Russellville. "It's a self-help program we use to hold producer meetings, publish educational materials, train young people and, of course, promote beef."
The state checkoff program, funded by producers at a level of 50 cents per head of cattle marketed, was reinstated five years ago. Checkoff funds are used to develop new programs and aid in the promotional efforts of the National Beef Checkoff program.
The 2008 Checkoff Marketing Plan, detailing how checkoff dollars are spent, can be viewed by visiting the Beef Checkoff link on www.bamabeef.org
or by contacting the Alabama Cattlemen's Association at (334) 265-1867.