beef promotion & research act 

The Tennessee Beef Checkoff program is managed by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council. The state Beef Checkoff program assists cattle producers market beef throughout the state with promotions such as advertising, consumer education, work with state retailers and food service promotions and work with health professionals.

By law, all producers selling cattle or calves must pay $1-per-head to support beef promotion, research and information through the Beef Promotion and Research Act. Here are some specifics:

  • Whoever makes payment to the seller is considered a "Collection Point" or person and must withhold $1-per-head, remitting those funds to the Qualified State Beef Council (QSBC) where they live. Collection points could include auction markets, feedyards, dealers/order buyers, other producers, auctioneers, clerking services, banks, packers and other entities.
  • The buyer is generally responsible for collecting $1-per-head from the seller. By law, both buyer and seller are equally liable to see that $1-per-head has been collected and paid.
  • No producer is exempt from the checkoff. Buyers who resell cattle no more than 10 days from the date of purchase may file a non-producer status form and avoid paying the national checkoff assessment. They are, however, responsible for remitting collected funds and reporting any transaction to the QSBC.
  • Remember: A dollar or a document! All selling/purchase transactions must be reported. In each case, either $1-per-head or non-producer status form document must be collected by the buyer from the seller to show the dollar has been collected and paid within the past 10 days.
  • If it's more convenient, the seller of cattle may collect and remit funds collected. For instance, purebred breeders selling to many different buyers may wish to remit the checkoff themselves; persons exporting cattle should also pay when the cattle change hands. Buyers should keep receipts showing the checkoff has been paid.
  • Persons in non-compliance with the Act and Order are subject to a civil penalty of up to $7,500 per transaction, plus un-remitted checkoff dollars and interest.


Tennessee cattle producers voted to enact the TN Beef Promotion Program in 2011 at the rate of .50 per head of cattle sold. These monies help extend established Beef Checkoff Programs and other industry programs in Tennessee. The Tennessee Beef Industry Council manages the Beef Promotion Program. The additional dollars have helped revitalize and expand the youth education program, as well as digital and social media efforts, and emphasize beef’s role in a healthy diet with nutrition and health professionals.

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cattlemen's beef board

The Cattlemen's Beef Promotion And Research Board, usually referred to as the Cattlemen's Beef Board consists of 100 members, including domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of beef and beef products. Each Beef Board member is appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified nominating organizations and the nominating organizations represent beef and dairy producers in each state or region. The Beef Board oversees collection of $1-per-head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and $1-per-head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products.

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