Federative Initiative Fund
About 66 percent of the national $1-per-head checkoff is collected in parts of the country where, in general, the fewest Americans live, but where most of the cattle are raised and marketed. For example, in states like Wyoming cattle far outnumber people.
Beef producers in these “high cattle/low people” states naturally want their checkoff dollars to be as effective as possible. Created in 2006, the Federation Initiative Fund in the past has used Federation reserve dollars and contributions from state beef councils to provide grants to state beef councils representing high population areas.
The Federation Executive Committee selects grant recipients after reviewing beef council applications. Projects have included influencer farm tours, school education projects, retail partnerships, large consumer events and more. Eligibility criteria include a project’s demand-building potential and its ability to extend a national checkoff program with an effort that also aligns with the Industry Long Range Plan.
In February 2013 grants totaling $105,280 for nine projects in eight states were awarded. Most recently, the Executive Committee named six states to receive seven grants totaling $60,400 on Aug. 8, 2013.
Since it was created, the Federation Initiative Fund has awarded about $2.2 million to 22 states conducting 180 programs.
To learn more about these projects visit the media center.
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