Beef Board Budget Dips More than 20% in 5 Years

The Beef Promotion Operating Committee has recommended a $42 million Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget for Fiscal 2012, reflecting a 2.1 percent decrease from the Fiscal 2011 budget and down more than 20 percent from 2007.

The 2012 budget recommendation still must be approved by the full Beef Board, which administers the national checkoff program, and by USDA.

Beef Board Chairman Tom Jones, a producer from Arkansas who also chairs the Operating Committee, says the group is looking at doing more with less next year.

“We really depend on our evaluation process to help us make some decisions about which programs are most effective and which may be less so. But we’re to the point where we are being forced to make some tough decisions about which effective programs to trim back yet again.”

Funds from the Beef Board for national checkoff programs in Fiscal 2012 will be augmented by about $7 million in voluntary contributions from state beef councils to their national Federation of State Beef Councils.

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