Ohio Beef Checkoff Referendum
OCA Thanks Cattlemen for Voting to Increase the Ohio Beef Checkoff
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) received notification from the Ohio Department of Agriculture on March 31, 2014, certifying that the Ohio Beef Marketing Program Referendum, seeking to increase the state’s beef checkoff from $1 to $2 per head, passed with a majority of favorable votes by Ohio’s cattlemen.
“We were very happy to get the news,” said Frank Phelps, OCA President. “I would like to thank cattlemen throughout Ohio and those organizations who got behind this effort and understood the need to increase checkoff resources to better promote our product.”
According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s announcement, a total of 2118 votes were certified; 1527 votes, or 72 percent of the total, were cast in favor of the referendum and 591 votes, about 28 percent, were opposed to the increase. Producers were able to vote by absentee ballot, and also in person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and at OSU Extension offices.
The Ohio Beef Checkoff currently generates $305,000 in operating funds for the Ohio Beef Council. The Ohio Beef Council develops and supports educational programs, such as Beefonomics, which bring information about beef production and nutrition into the classroom. It also supports retail grocery promotions by providing research and merchandizing ideas through a website and monthly newsletter.
The recently passed checkoff increase will generate a total of approximately $900,000 that will stay in Ohio and allow the Council to extend beef’s presence in Ohio’s schools, conduct more public relations outreach with Ohio food publications, directly connect with consumers through spokesperson training programs, provide nutrition seminars for health professionals and develop a greater statewide media presence through radio and print, all which help to reach Ohio’s 11.5 million consumers with a beef message.
“We’re excited that the beef producers of Ohio had the foresight to invest in the future of Ohio’s beef industry,” said Bill Sexten, Ohio Beef Council Chairman. “These actions will provide the Ohio Beef Council stability to continue and grow programs that drive beef demand in the state.”
To learn more about how Ohio beef checkoff dollars are invested, visit the Ohio Beef Council’s website at www.ohiobeef.org.
Though the OCA initiated the referendum, the organization will not benefit from the checkoff increase.
More information on the official starting date for collecting the additional $1 and obtaining refunds will be available in the coming months.
ODA Certifies Ohio Beef Marketing Program Referendum Results, Checkoff Increase Passed
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Mar. 31, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture today certified the results of the Ohio Beef Marketing Program Referendum. The referendum, seeking to increase the state checkoff on cattle from $1 to $2, received enough favorable votes to pass.
A total of 2118 votes were certified; 1527 votes, or 72 percent of the total, were cast in favor of the referendum and 591 votes, about 28 percent, were opposed to the increase. Producers were able to vote by absentee ballot, and also in person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and at OSU Extension offices.
The provisions of the Ohio Beef Marketing Program are defined in section 924 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has the authority through section 924 to oversee state commodity checkoff programs, including administration of the referendum process, budgetary oversight, and authority to assist in establishing new commodity programs.
The Ohio Cattlemen's Association is pleased to recognize the organizations, industry leaders, businesses and cattlemen who support the Ohio Beef Checkoff Referendum:
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Ohio Dairy Producers Association
Ohio Angus Association
Buckeye Hereford Association
Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association
Ohio Simmental Association
Champaign County Cattlemen
Fairfield County Cattlemen's Association
Fayette County Cattlefeeders
Morgan County Cattlemen's Association
Stark County Cattlemen's Association
Vinton County Cattlemen's Association
OCA Board of Directors
David Felumlee, Newark
Jim Rogers, Logan
J.L. Draganic, South Solon
Kevin Miller, West Unity
Kelvin Egner, Shelby
Pete Conkle, Hanoverton
Sam Sutherly, Troy
Frank Phelps, Belle Center
Pam Haley, West Salem
Rick Young, Belmont
Sasha Rittenhouse, New Carlisle
Stan Smith, Canal Winchester
Tim Osborn, Blanchester
Craig Shelton, Lynchburg
Joe Foster, Gallipolis
United Producers, Inc., Columbus
COBA/Select Sires, Inc., Columbus
Linde's Livestock Photos, New Carlisle
Beverly Roe, Pedro's Angus, Hamilton
John Grimes, Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro
David Clapp, Urbana
Linde Sutherly, New Carlisle
Dan Wells, Wells Livestock Services, Chillicothe
Ed Weisgarber, Weisgarber Farms, Massillon
Roger A Weeks II, R&D Cattle, Saint Paris
Henry Bergfeld, Pike Hill Angus, Summitville
Todd Rains, Raines Farms, Seaman
Rick Harmon, Washington Court House
Bill Sexten, Sexten Farms, Washington Court House
Kris & Becky Vincent, Tri-Pine Farm, East Canton
William Massey, Malta
Teresa Snider, Wilkesville
Brent Porteus, Coshocton
Stephanie Sindel, Radnor
Keith Burgett, Burgett Angus Farm LLC, Carrollton
Tim & Peggy Brinkman, Missing Rail Simmentals