Tenn. beef assessment begins
Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:00 pm
NASHVILLE — A 50-cent assessment on each head of cattle sold in Tennessee began Sunday. The newly-organized Tennessee Beef Promotion Board will oversee the funds.
“In today’s competitive market, Tennessee cattle producers need all the advantage they can get. The good prices that producers are receiving for their cattle today are due in part to Beef Industry Council promotion efforts,” board chairman Mark Barker said. “We’re committed to using these dollars responsibly to promote Tennessee beef products and to increase markets for our producers.”
Tennessee cattle producers voted last December to support the measure, which will help support in-state research, education and promotion of beef. The referendum was requested by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, the state’s largest cattle organization.
The assessment will be collected at points of sale, including organized market and farm sales and private producer-to-producer transactions.
Currently, cattle producers pay $1 per head to help build consumer demand for beef products nationally and in Tennessee. The national beef program was authorized and implemented in 1985. The additional 50-cent assessment will be used specifically to restore and expand current activites to promote beef products in-state.
Published in The Messenger 4.3.12