by Whitney Flach
Iowa cattle producers still have until November 23rd to request an absentee ballot for the Iowa state beef checkoff.
The state beef checkoff researches into cattle’s role in improving water quality, researches into how Iowa feeders can maintain leverage in today’s cattle market, and production research needs. The state checkoff funds are used to market Iowa’s beef as different and superior to beef from other states.
The state beef checkoff is 50 cents per head on all cattle sold in Iowa, and the funds generated are used to address many of the unique challenges Iowa producers have. In an industry that is increasingly dominated by larger producers, Iowa is different.
Absentee ballots can be requested from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship by calling 515.281.5321, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Producers can also vote at their local county extension office on November 30 from 8 am to 4:30 pm.