The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has prepared a final rule that expands contracting authority for the beef checkoff program to include all beef-industry national non-profit organizations that have been in existence for two years.
Previously, only such organizations that were in existence prior to the establishment of the checkoff in 1985 were eligible.
The new rule means that the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) may approve proposals to conduct checkoff-funded programs from a larger number of organizations that now qualify as potential contractors for programs, including organizations such as the U.S. Cattlemen's Assn. and R-CALF USA that were established after 1985.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Assn. (NCBA) has long been the checkoff's primary contractor.
BPOC is a 20-member committee that approves programs to be funded through the checkoff. The Cattlemen's Beef Board, which manages the checkoff, names 10 members to the committee, and NCBA's federation division names the other 10 members...
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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