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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 9, 2016
AGRICULTURE

Iowa Beef Checkoff vote set for Nov. 30

Nov 22, 2016

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are reminding eligible beef producers of the Nov. 30 referendum on whether the refundable 50-cents per head Iowa beef checkoff should be reinstated.

Any individual, firm, corporation, partnership or association that has owned or acquired cattle during year prior to the referendum — Dec. 1, 2015, through Nov. 30, 2016 — is an “Eligible Beef Producer” for the purposes of this referendum.

A person is not considered a producer if: the person’s only share in the proceeds of a sale of cattle or beef is a sales commission, handling fee, or other service fee; or the person acquired ownership of cattle to facilitate the transfer of ownership of such cattle from the seller to a third party; resold such cattle no later than 10 days from the date on which the person acquired ownership; and certified as required by rules adopted by the council.

Producers can vote by absentee ballot prior to the referendum by contacting the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Producers can call 515-281-5321, email beefvote@IowaAgriculture.gov or visit www.IowaAgriculture.gov and download the form located in “Hot Topics.” They also can visit the Henry Wallace Building, 502 E. Ninth St., in Des Moines to solicit an absentee ballot request form.

The absentee ballot request form must be signed and returned to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The producer will then be mailed an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot request forms should be received by the Department by Wednesday and absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 30.

A petition to vote on the state beef checkoff was delivered to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on Sept. 2. The petition contained over 500 signatures of cattle producers in the state of Iowa who are interested in a referendum.

If the referendum passes, collection will begin March 1. The Iowa beef checkoff will be mandatory, but refunds will be available to interested producers. The federal beef checkoff of $1 per head remains in place and would not be affected by the Iowa vote.

For more information on how checkoff dollars are used contact the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association at 515-296-2266 or find out more online at www.iacattlemen.org.

In accordance with Chapter 181 of the Iowa Code, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responsible for holding beef checkoff referendum votes. All costs incurred by the department will be reimbursed by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

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