Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between the Texas and National Beef Checkoff?

The Texas Beef Checkoff program is separate from the National Beef Checkoff. The Texas Beef Checkoff program is in addition to the National Beef Checkoff program. 

The Texas Beef Checkoff retains 100% of the state checkoff funds, managed by Texas cattlemen and cattlewomen. Another difference is the Texas Beef Checkoff assessment is refundable.

Do I have to pay both checkoffs?

Yes, however the Texas State Beef Checkoff is refundable.

A producer who has paid an assessment to the mandatory Texas Beef Checkoff may obtain a refund of the amount paid by filing an application for refund with the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas within 60 days after the date of payment. The application must be in writing, on a form prescribed by the Council for that purpose and accompanied by proof of payment of the assessment. The current national beef checkoff is not refundable.

Click here for information on how to request a refund form.

Who is exempt from paying the assessment?

If an individual qualifies for a non-producer exemption in the national program, that individual would qualify for a non-producer exemption in the state program, under the following conditions:

  • The individual's share in the proceeds of a sale of cattle or beef solely consists of a sales commission, handling fee or other service fee
  • The individual acquired ownership of cattle to facilitate the transfer of ownership of such cattle from the seller to a third party
  • The individual resold such cattle no later than 10 days from the date on which the individual acquired ownership
  • The individual certified, as required by procedures prescribed by the Council, that the requirements of this provision have been satisfied.
Who collects and remits the assessment?

Each collection point is responsible for collecting and remitting the assessment. A collection point is any entity, including an individual, which makes payment to a producer for cattle purchased or facilitates transfer of ownership. The assessment will be remitted to the Texas Beef Council, a contractor of the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas, using the state/national checkoff remittance form.

Payment for both the state and national checkoff programs can be made with one check, which is due by the 15th of the month following the month in which the assessment is collected.

I don't live in Texas, but I sell cattle in Texas. Do I have to pay the state checkoff?

All cattle sold in Texas, including out of state cattle sold in Texas, are subject to the national and state beef checkoff programs. Refunds are available only on the state checkoff.

Is this a government program?

No. Texas law governs the creation of state-level commodity checkoff programs. However, since passage of the producer referendum, the program is administered by cattlemen and cattlewomen serving on the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas. The Texas Department of Agriculture maintains oversight responsibility to ensure the integrity of the program.

Does the state government have control over the money collected?

No. According to Texas law, these funds are held outside of the state treasury. This means the Texas Legislature, the Texas Department of Agriculture and any other state governing entity has no jurisdiction over the funds collected through a state-level commodity checkoff program.

Where can I get more information about the Texas Beef Checkoff?

For more information about the Texas Beef Checkoff, please call 1-800-846-4113, ext. 205.