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Beef Checkoff Calls for Eligible Beef Industry Organizations as Contractor Funding Cycle Begins

DENVER, Colo. (May 15, 2023) – By law, the Beef Checkoff contracts with national, non-profit, beef industry-governed organizations to carry out promotion, research and education work directed in the Beef Promotion & Research Act and Order (click here to learn about areas eligible for funding).
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) invites all eligible beef industry organizations to submit funding requests for programs and projects for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2023. Requests must be in the form of an Authorization Request (AR).
As outlined by the Beef Promotion and Research Order, eligible groups that may contract for the Beef Checkoff are established national nonprofit industry-governed organizations that:
  • are nonprofit organizations pursuant to sections 501(c) (3), (5) or (6) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 501(c) (3), (5) and (6)); and
  • are governed by a national board of directors representing the cattle or beef industry; and
  • have been active and ongoing for at least two years.
Organizations must submit a first-round draft of an Authorization Request to the CBB by Friday, June 30, 2023. At the 2023 Summer Business Meeting in San Diego, California, July 24-26, organizations will have the opportunity to present their specific plans and funding requests to various Beef Checkoff program committees. This valuable process allows producers and importers to provide their input on Checkoff-funded programs, build programs free of redundancy, and achieve the strategies outlined in the Beef Industry Long Range Plan (LRP).
The number of Beef Checkoff contracting organizations changes from year to year, as does the available amount of funding, which is based on the annual Checkoff collection. In September 2022, the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) approved nine contractors to conduct Beef Checkoff work in the amount of $38.5 million for the 2023 fiscal year. If your qualified organization is interested in submitting an Authorization Request to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for the 2024 fiscal year, contact Sara Arp, CBB Director of Operations, by Monday, May 22, 2023 at 303-220-9890 or
  • The deadline for draft Authorization Requests is Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
  • Final ARs must be received by the CBB office by Monday, August 7, 2023, to be considered by the BPOC.
Learn more about the funding process and the Beef Checkoff at
Please note: Authorization Requests must specify estimated costs of all activities that will be conducted throughout the program, and expenses are reimbursed on a cost-recovery basis. Organizations are not provided funds in advance, but are reimbursed for actual, approved expenses already incurred (excluding project mark-ups/profits).
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