Oklahoma cattle producers are invited to vote on a proposed producer-funded and managed, state-level promotion, marketing, research and education program for beef and beef products. In-person voting will take place Nov. 1 at Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 77 counties.
Eligible producers may vote at any county Extension office, regardless of their residence or location of their cattle. Producers also may request a mail-ballot between until Oct. 20 from the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Ballot Committee by contacting 405-235-4391 or
If passed, the maximum state assessment will be $1 per head at the change of ownership, and collection of the assessment will begin May 1, 2018.
Any beef producer who would be required under the referendum to pay the state assessment is eligible to vote. Out-of-state producers can vote at any Oklahoma County Extension office on Nov. 1, 2017, or by requesting a ballot by mail.
The money will be used to increase funds for the core beef checkoff strategies of market development, promotion, research and consumer information; promote and defend beef and cattle production; and to aggressively promote and defend beef’s importance in a healthy diet.
The state assessment is refundable.
More information is available at www.oklahomabeefcheckoff.com.