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What’s in the beef research pipeline?

An increase in the national beef checkoff (from $1 to $2.50 per head in most provinces) has increased the Beef Cattle Research Council’s research budget to about 75 cents per head (versus 15 cents previously). Under the new Beef Science Cluster III program — which runs until March 31, 2023 — $21 million will go […] Read more

Beef checkoff plebiscite extended until Nov. 27

The plebiscite on making the $2-per-head provincial cattle checkoff non-refundable has been extended by two weeks, and so voting will continue until Nov. 27. The Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council “recognized that the terrible weather during September and early October left many producers far behind on their harvest and other fall work in the fields […] Read more


Plebiscite on provincial beef checkoff being held

Vote is being held until Nov. 13

Producers are being urged “to get out and vote” in a plebiscite on whether to make the $2 provincial beef checkoff non-refundable. “This is your opportunity to have your voice heard,” said Norine Moore, chair of the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council. Currently, producers can request a full or partial refund of the checkoff. The […] Read more

Get out and vote is the main message coming from Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association chair Ryan Kasko and his counterpart at Alberta Beef Producers.

It’s decision time on beef checkoff

Cattle producers will have three ways to vote on the proposed non-refundable checkoff — by mail, at their local Agriculture Financial Services Corporation office, or one of Alberta Beef Producers’ 27 fall meetings. ABP and the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) will be holding a plebiscite from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13 on their joint […] Read more


Beef checkoff going up April 1

The national beef checkoff will increase to $2.50 per head (from $1) effective April 1. The increase levy will be used to support research, market development and promotion. This increase was supported by provincial beef producers in every zone at the Alberta Beef Producers 2015 fall meetings. The increase to the national checkoff, along with […] Read more

Cows will be doing their part for beef research and marketing — those sold after will be subject to an extra $1.50 checkoff to fund those areas.

National cattle checkoff on its way up this spring

The national levy used to fund marketing and research is going up by $1.50 — 
the first increase since 2002

Come spring, more than the grass will be rising — the national cattle levy is going up $1.50 per head on April 1. “The impetus for us was the national beef strategy,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “The national beef strategy is a plan for us for the next five years […] Read more


Beef checkoff agency has (another) name change

The agency that handles beef checkoffs once again has a new name. “In the past, the handle for the organization managing the checkoff has bounced around a bit,” the newly rechristened Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency said in a release. Once known as the National Check-Off Agency, it’s also been known as Canada Beef and then […] Read more