The Texas Beef Checkoff is the state-level promotion, marketing, research and education program for beef and beef products. Like the National Beef Checkoff, the Texas Beef Checkoff is producer funded and managed.
The Texas Beef Checkoff program is funded through a refundable $1 per head assessment on cattle at each point of ownership transfer in Texas. Payment of the Texas Beef Checkoff is mandatory; however, a refund is optional.
The Texas Beef Checkoff program is in addition to and may complement and extend national Beef Checkoff efforts.
Unlike the national program, requiring fifty cents of every dollar collected sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for programs, the entire Texas Beef Checkoff assessment is managed by Texas cattlemen and cattlewomen. Another difference is the Texas Beef Checkoff assessment is refundable.
Texas cattlemen and cattlewomen serving on the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas manage funds collected through the Texas Beef Checkoff program. The Texas Commissioner of Agriculture appoints council members from producers nominated by the Texas Beef Council.
The use of funds is limited by the parameters established in state law, which are beef promotion, marketing, research and consumer education for beef and beef products. The money can be used in Texas, the U.S. and/or internationally. The law does not allow checkoff funds to be used for lobbying activities to influence public policy or government affairs.