What is the difference between the Cattle Council and the Beef Council?
If the Cattle Council is approved through a referendum of the state’s producers, it will create a separate council to work on live cattle issues important to California cattle producers, not just the marketing and promotion of beef.
Unlike the Beef Council, the Cattle Council will be able to use resources to defend and promote cattle production and focus on production issues like fire, water and air quality. The Cattle Council will be able to fund research in these areas and educate regulators and legislators about the many benefits of cattle production.
Can the Cattle Council Lobby or Fund Legal Defense?
Funds cannot be used for lobbying or legal defense.
Will the Cattle Council be Affiliated with the federal Beef Checkoff program?
The Cattle Council is not subject to the federal beef checkoff program or influenced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). All funds stay in California.
Is the Cattle Council Assessment Refundable?
The Cattle Council assessment, unlike the Beef Council assessment, is refundable without prejudice.
Who will be eligible to serve on the Cattle Council?
If approved the Cattle Council Board of Directors will be comprised of cattle producers to direct the activities of the Council and select funding priorities. All producers are eligible to serve on the Cattle Council. All members of the Council will be appointed by the California Secretary of Agriculture. These are non-paid appointments.
Cattle Council will be comprised of producers representing all segments of the California cattle industry (same as beef council).
- 11 Board Seats & 11 Alternates
- 3 Range Cattle Producers
- 3 Cattle Feeders
- 3 Dairy Producers
- 1 Processor or Packer
- 1 Public Member
What will be the Cattle Council’s Budget & Will Administrative Costs be Capped?
The Cattle Council Assessment will generate approximately $3 million per year. Every effort will be made by the Council (producers) to limit administrative costs. Typically, those costs are about 5-10% of the gross.