Des Moines, Iowa – RadioIowa – The Iowa Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the vote to institute a state beef checkoff passed with 56 percent of producers voting in favor. Iowa Cattlemen’s Association president Phil Reemtsma says they did a lot of work to explain the referendum to producers.
Beginning on March 1st of 2017, producers will pay the 50 cent checkoff for every head of cattle sold.
There’s been a national effort to promote beef for many years, but Reemtsma says they felt the need to do something in Iowa.
He says it will be state dollars helping promote the industry, and he says it could also have some impact on the choices for those who eat beef.
Reemtsma says anything the checkoff dollars can do to support the industry is important.
The checkoff referendum was the last big item on Reemstra’s list of things to do as his term as I-C-A president comes to an end. He runs a cattle operation in Dewitt in eastern Iowa.