Texas Ranchers To Vote On Beef Marketing Program

AUSTIN (May 15, 2014) Ranchers in the nation’s leading cattle-producing state will vote on whether to establish a state-level program to promote and market beef.

The push to establish a checkoff of $1 a head in Texas is necessary because not enough money flows back to the state from the national program that was established in 1988, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association spokeswoman Carmen Fenton said.

Texas producers who own or owned cattle in Texas from June 6, 2013, to June 6 of this year are eligible to vote.

Producers can vote from June 2 to June 6 during business hours at any Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office.

A mail-in ballot from the Texas Department of Agriculture can be requested no later than June 2.

If approved, the $1 assessment will begin Oct. 1.

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