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2014-05-29

Voting for $1 per head beef referendum set for June

By Sam Womble County Extension Agent

Upon request of the Texas cattle industry, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will conduct a referendum on the establishment of a refundable assessment on cattle sales or ownership transfer in Texas. Only an individual or legal business entity who has owned cattle any time in Texas from June 6, 2013 to June 6, 2014 is eligible to vote in the referendum.
Eligible Texas producers will vote to determine if a refundable maximum assessment of $1 per head of cattle will be collected at each point of ownership transfer. The Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas (BPRCT) will set the assessment rate each year, not to exceed the maximum assessment rate. The assessment will be used for promotion, marketing, research and educational efforts regarding beef and beef products.
The referendum will be held by physical balloting. Ballots will be available at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county offices beginning June 2.
Eligible producers may vote at any Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county office from June 2-6, 2014 during regular business hours. If an eligible producer is unable to access a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county office, a ballot may be requested from TDA through June 2.
The referendum results will be released after June 19.
Fact sheets containing voting information on this referendum are available at the Bandera County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office located at 2886 Hwy. 16 North at Mansfield Park. Call 830-796-7755 and the office will send a fact sheet. Fact sheets can also be sent electronically by sending an e-mail to s-womble@tamu.edu .
Additional information about the Texas Beef Checkoff and referendum can be obtained by contacting Lance Williams, Texas Department of Agriculture, PO Box 12847, Austin, Texas 78711 or call 512-463-3285 or visit texasagriculture.gov.