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MCA Submits Beef Checkoff Improvement Recommendations

The Montana Cattlemen's Association (MCA) has submitted recommendations to amend the Cattlemen's Beef Board checkoff program as follows:
1. Checkoff dollars be used to promote only U.S.A. beef from cattle born, raised, and processed in the United States of America.
2. A periodic vote on the checkoff program (every five years).
3. Prohibit any one cattle organization from serving as the "prime contractor" for the program, but allow all U.S. cattle organizations to participate in approved projects on a case-by-case basis.
4. Reform the Cattlemen's Beef Board to reflect proportional representation from all national cattle organizations.
5. Allow for checkoff expenditures to protect U.S.A. beef and cattle from unfair trade practices and to protect the U.S. cattle herd from import practices which threaten cattle herd health and beef consumers.
6. Allow checkoff expenditures to promote branded products from small and large packing entities.
7. Provide an exemption for producers contributing equal or greater funds into a private sector self-help effort.

In addition, the MCA Board recommends any increase in the checkoff assessment fee not be considered unless or until the above recommendations are implemented.


Montana Cattlemen's Association Mission Statement:

To actively participate with Montana cattle producers to protect our industry's future.

To address market interests, serve to support Montana's environmental, cultural and historical heritage, and protect the interests of Montana cattle producers in international markets and trade issues.

The Montana Cattlemen's Association shall be true environmentalists in protecting and advancing their environmental positions in water rights, mineral rights, and natural resources.

The purpose of MCA is to address the market interests of Montana cattle producers. MCA will serve to support the environmental, cultural and historical interests of Montana cattle producers. A primary purpose is to ensure prosperity to rural Montana by advancing the interests of agriculture.

The MCA Board is comprised of 12 directors elected as follows:  Three districts - Western, Central, Eastern - with two directors each; four at large directors elected from any part of Montana; one business director; and one Native American director. Those districts and current directors can be found by clicking on the officers & directors button above. Your voice through your director is important to the success of MCA and your future.

With a host of challenges facing the cattle producer and his way of life, it is imperative that each and every cattleman in the State of Montana becomes more active in protecting his livelihood.

By joining MCA your voice will be heard and with hard work, dedication, and perseverance the cattle industry will thrive.

MCA is working on issues such as:

  • Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)

  • Animal Identification

  • Property and Water Rights

  • Montana Beef Checkoff

  • Animal Health and Welfare

  • Marketing and Competition

  • Wildlife Management

  • Government Relations

  • Montana Certified Natural Beef

  • Global Trade

  • Youth in Agriculture

  • Workers Comp Dividends

Montana Cattlemen's Association is a producer-driven grassroots organization committed to increasing profitablity for the Montana cattle industry.  We are dedicated to increasing profit opportunities for you and your family as well as for future generations.




PO Box 536

Vaughn, MT  59487

(406) 467-2251





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Sign your consent form today to keep your beef checkoff promotion dollars at work here in Montana. 

The form may be found at:

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The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) and the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) require collection of a mandatory $1-per-head beef checkoff assessment every time cattle are sold. The Act and Order authorize Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBC) to collect the $1-per-head assessment. The law requires that at least 50 cents per head of the mandatory $1-per-head checkoff assessment be forwarded to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board) to help fund National Beef Checkoff Program, while the remaining portion can be retained by QSBC. A preliminary injunction granted by the Court enjoined USDA from continuing to allow the Montana Beef Council (MBC) to use the assessments that it collects under the Beef Checkoff Program to fund its advertising campaigns, unless a cattle producer provides prior affirmative consent authorizing MBC to retain a portion of the cattle producer's assessment for state promotion, research, and information programs authorized under the Act. As a result of this preliminary decision, at this time, the full $1-per-head assessment collected by MBC must be remitted to the Board unless a producer provides prior affirmative consent authorizing MBC to retain up to 50 cents of the cattle producer's assessment for state promotion, research, and information programs.

Producers who want up to 50 cents of their Federal $1-per-head assessment to remain with MBC must complete this form. The form may be completed on an annual or monthly basis. For requests submitted annually, the form must be completed each calendar year by January 15, and returned to MBC. For the remainder of a calendar year, a producer may complete the form one time by circling "year" and entering the month and the year, which will indicate that the producer consents that MBC is authorized to retain up to 50 cents of their Federal $1-per-head assessment for the remaining months of the year. If the producer decides to complete the "Producer Request to Retain Beef Checkoff Assessment Form" on a monthly basis, the form must be postmarked to MBC by the 15th of the month following the month the cattle were sold.

Forms should be mailed to Montana Beef Council; P.O. Box 80865; Billings, Montana 59108.

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