The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced the referendum to reinstate the 50 cent per head Iowa beef checkoff has passed. The Nov. 30 voting ended with 56 percent in favor of the checkoff.
“We are very pleased with the results of the referendum,” said Dr. Phil Reemstma, a veterinarian and president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. “Reinstating our state checkoff has been a priority mission…over the past year, and we’ve been encouraged at each step in the process by the input and support of producers around the state.”
The Iowa beef checkoff will be mandatory, but refunds are available to interested producers. The federal beef checkoff of $1 per head remains in place and is not affected by the Iowa vote. – See more here