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Federation of State Beef Councils Sets Course at 2014 Cattle Industry Convention - Monday, February 17, 2014

NCBA Division Elects Officers, Reaffirms Vision  Cevin Jones, a cattle feeder from Eden, Idaho, was elected chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville last week. Elected vice chair was Jennifer Houston of Sweetwat (full story)


State Beef Councils Utilize Federation Initiative Fund to Expand Checkoff Efforts - Monday, January 13, 2014

State beef councils in Georgia and Minnesota have extended the reach of the Beef Checkoff Program through checkoff funds made available through the Federation Initiative Fund, which helps funnel beef checkoff dollars from cattle-producing states to states with large consumer populations. The Federa (full story)


Initiative Fund Helps New York Boost Beef in Foodservice Market - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Foodservice support for beef in New York was given a special boost this past year as the New York Beef Industry Council (NYBIC) conducted a “Beef Up the Center of the Plate” program. The checkoff-funded effort provided promotional and educational opportunities for foodservice distributor (full story)


Six State Beef Councils Receive Grants for 2014 Work to Build Beef Demand - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

CENTENNIAL, CO –The Federation of State Beef Councils has awarded seven grants totaling $60,400 to six state beef councils to boost their beef demand programs. The awards, part of the Federation Initiative Fund program, were announced at the Federation Forum at the 2013 Cattle Industry Summer (full story)


State Beef Councils Add $5.8 Million to National, International Checkoff Efforts - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Federation of State Beef Councils Elects to Supplement $38.5 Million Program State beef councils will supplement national and international research, education and promotion programs funded through the Beef Checkoff Program in fiscal year 2014, adding about $5.8 million to the program&rsquo (full story)


50 Year History Chronicled in Booklet - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CENTENNIAL, CO  – The partnership between state beef councils and national beef checkoff efforts over the past 50 years are chronicled in a new booklet available through the Federation of State Beef Councils and online. The booklet explores beef industry volunteers that made beef checkof (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils Tackles Issues at 2013 Cattle Industry Summer Conference - Monday, August 12, 2013

CENTENNIAL, CO – Reduced U.S. cattle numbers and state beef council efforts to maximize effectiveness were among the topics Aug. 8 as the Federation of State Beef Councils conducted sessions at the 2013 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo. In addition, the Federation celebrated (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2013 - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

- Started as Beef Industry Council, Federation found home in NCBA CENTENNIAL, CO – It was a presence well before the mandatory $1-per-head beef checkoff was created in 1985. And in 2013 the Federation of State Beef Councils will recognize that presence, celebrating its 50th anniversary (full story)


The Power of Partnerships - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DENVER - Seventy-two executives, staff members and volunteers from 32 state beef councils gathered to launch the 2013 beef checkoff plan of work during the Partnerships in Action Conference (PIA), Oct. 16-18, in Denver. SBC representatives provided input on nationally-conducted checkoff programs and (full story)


Illinois Beef Association: Working Together - Thursday, November 08, 2012

DENVER - November’s beef council profile is a conversation with Reid Blossom, executive director of the Illinois Beef Association, which operates on a “two-hat state” structure. Q. How is the Illinois beef industry faring today? A: Evaluating the state’s industry now can' (full story)


Right Makes Might - Thursday, October 18, 2012

DENVER - For the past 20 years, the Washington State Beef Commission (WSBC) has measured its beef checkoff efforts by a nine-word mission statement: “To increase demand for beef by exceeding consumer expectations." While the WSBC accomplishes this through a hearty focus on in-state promotions (full story)


Federation Supplements 2013 Checkoff Programs - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DENVER - When the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) met in September to review checkoff funding proposals, State Beef Councils (SBCs) were “at the table.” The Federation elects 10 of its directors (who represent SBCs) annually to serve on the 20-member committee. The BPOC determ (full story)


State Beef Councils Supplement Checkoff Program Funding Through Federation of State Beef Councils - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

- Nearly $6.6 Million Added to National, International Efforts DENVER - Beef producers serving state beef council boards throughout the country have chosen to supplement national and international research, education and promotion programs funded by the Beef Checkoff Program by about $6.6 mill (full story)


The Iowa Beef Industry Council at 42 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DENVER - Nancy Degner, executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC), appreciates the many different aspects of her job. And at the top of her appreciation list are the cattlemen and women who have served on the IBIC board of directors over the years. “The beef council has (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils Enhances Checkoff Program at Industry Summer Conference - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

- Promotional Grants Awarded, Changes to Committee Structure Approved DENVER – Members of the Federation of State Beef Councils addressed changing industry and consumer landscapes during meetings at the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, July 25-28. As part of its efforts (full story)


Science, Steaks and Sturgis - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DENVER - The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) has a staff of four and yet manages to touch targeted beef audiences around the world. With about five cattle for every one resident, South Dakota is another of the large checkoff collection states that invest in the Federation of State Beef (full story)


Producers Guide Checkoff Planning at Summer Conference - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DENVER - Some 200 producers, representing the Federation and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), sit on checkoff committees and provide strategic direction for checkoff programs. These committees will meet next at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference (July 25-28, in Denver), as the process of buil (full story)


Consumer Shares Humor, Insight with Oregon - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DENVER - Heidi Leineweber, who calls herself a “displaced farm girl,” is a little different than other directors on the Oregon Beef Council (OBC) board. As a state department of agriculture appointee, she represents consumers in board decisions, including how to spend beef checkoff funds (full story)


Where the Checkoff Meets the Consumer - Monday, June 04, 2012

DENVER - The New York Beef Industry Council (NYBIC) has big numbers – just not big cattle numbers. The state is home to 19.1 million consumers and 1.4 million cattle, or 13.6 consumers for every cow. Quite different from a state like Nebraska, where cattle outnumber people nearly (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils Basics - Monday, June 04, 2012

DENVER - The Federation of State Beef Councils was the topic of the May 15 NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen TV program. Here are some highlights: The Federation is grounded through the 45 checkoff-collecting Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBC) that choose its board members. The board makes (full story)


Deep in the Heart of Texas - Tuesday, May 08, 2012

DENVER - If two heads are better than one, then the Texas Beef Council (TBC) houses nine times that amount of brain power. Representing the nation’s largest cattle producing state, it’s not surprising the beef council has 18 employees, with onstaff expertise in many areas, from Beef (full story)


The State-National Checkoff Partnership in Action - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Running Lean Beef Billboard -  Extreme athlete Dane Rauschenberg hardly looks like he just ran the 350-mile Oregon coast in seven days to promote beef and a healthy lifestyle -- but he did. His adventure was powered via a promotional grant to the Oregon Beef Council fro (full story)


Power in Partnerships - Friday, March 30, 2012

DENVER - For the past several years, the Federation leadership has been working to increase the visibility and understanding of what is sometimes called the “checkoff division” of NCBA. The roots of the Federation stretch back to the voluntary checkoff in the 1920s. They run through the (full story)


Leadership Critical to Checkoff Programming - Thursday, March 29, 2012

DENVER - From the more than 650 beef producers, importers and industry stakeholders who serve on state beef council (SBC) boards of directors, to the 20 individuals who serve on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC), beef industry leadership is key to a successful checkoff program. At the (full story)


Hats Off to Federation Volunteer Leaders - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

DENVER - The annual cattle industry convention always brings a changing of the guard among some Federation leadership positions. In Nashville, the Federation welcomed new officers, as well as some new regional vice presidents and Federation members who will serve a one-year term on the Beef Promotio (full story)


Federation Funds Handy New Shopping Tool - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DENVER - Consumers can now do more than “see red” when standing at the meat case deciding on beef purchases. Now there’s no need for shoppers to ponder an unfamiliar beef cut or how to prepare it, and walk away from a purchase, causing them to miss out on a delicious new beef eatin (full story)


Riding the Range for Wyoming Ranchers - Monday, March 26, 2012

DENVER - Wyoming Beef Council (WBC) Executive Director Ann Wittmann has a daunting schedule. Take this page from a recent day on her calendar: work on the WBC’s budget and marketing plan which her board will vote on in April; drive 178 miles to Casper, Wyo., to facilitate a WBC-sponsored Mast (full story)


Positives, Challenges Recognized at Beef Industry Safety Summit - Monday, March 26, 2012

DENVER - It was at the same time a celebration of a decade of beef safety progress and a solemn recognition of the long road ahead. When about 230 food safety experts gathered in Tampa, Fla., for the 10th anniversary of the Beef Industry Safety Summit in early March, they heard about the beef (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils Takes Action during Cattle Industry Convention - Monday, February 13, 2012

DENVER -- The Federation of State Beef Councils, a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), elected officers and discussed key organizational structure during its board meeting Feb. 4, at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade show in Nashville, Tenn. Elect (full story)


Federation Initiative Fund Awards Grants for Beef Promotion in High Population Areas - Monday, February 13, 2012

DENVER -- The Federation of State Beef Councils executive committee has awarded $181,325 in grants from its Federation Initiative Fund for beef promotional events in high population areas of 10 states. The awards were announced Jan. 31, in Nashville, Tenn., prior to the 2012 Cattle Industry (full story)


State/National Partnership Key to New Beef Retail Marketing Program - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DENVER - State beef councils are joining with the national Beef Checkoff Program in support of a new retail beef marketing program that has the potential to significantly increase U.S. beef sales. The checkoff-funded program, called Beef Alternative Marketing (BAM), has identified innovative cuttin (full story)


Joint Effort Reaches Dietitians, Other Nutrition Professionals at National Conference - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DENVER – State beef councils from across the country joined the national Beef Checkoff Program last month in reaching thousands of dietitians and other nutrition professionals at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in San Diego. The eve (full story)


Cattle Producers Join in New Dialogue with Consumers - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DENVER – Cattle producers are looking forward to the chance to directly visit with consumer influencers through an interactive event created by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) this Thursday, Sept. 22. The event, called The Food Dialogues, is a town hall-style discussion that (full story)


Checkoff Results Matter Most - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DENVER - As I’ve visited with cattlemen and women throughout the country about the Beef Checkoff Program, one message rings loudest: Results matter most. Those who pay the $1-per-head beef checkoff want a successful and effective program that builds beef demand – but one that efficiently (full story)


Federation Action at Summer Conference - Tuesday, August 09, 2011

DENVER – Increases in support for beef demand-building efforts were approved by directors of the Federation Division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at the organization’s Board meeting held last week in conjunction with the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conferenc (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils Finalize Business During Cattle Industry Convention - Saturday, February 05, 2011

--Group adopts “independence” charter, elects FY 2011 leaders DENVER – The Federation of State Beef Councils today adopted a charter that details its financial and decision-making independence from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The approval was among (full story)


Federation of State Beef Councils Vote to Stay with NCBA - Saturday, July 31, 2010

DENVER - The Federation of State Beef Councils passed a resolution July 31, 2010, during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., to maintain its partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Federation Division Chair Scott George said the members of the Fede (full story)

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