As stated in the Beef Promotion and Research Order, the $1-per-head beef checkoff is due by the 15th of the month following the month of the sale of all cattle sold, including farm- or ranch-hosted production sales offering bulls, registered and/or commercial females or club calves; direct sales of calves and/or feeder cattle without the use of an auction market or reporting order buyer; livestock markets and any cattle harvested and used for direct-to-consumer retail beef programs.
Funds collected are invested for producers in programs designed to increase demand for beef and beef products through industry sponsored activities of beef promotion, research, and consumer and industry information. To learn more about Beef Checkoff programs, please visit here.
The Oklahoma Beef Council offers two ways to report and pay the beef checkoff.
According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0581-0093. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 2 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected]. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. OMB 0581-0093
WHO PAYS THE CHECKOFF DOLLAR? All beef, dairy and veal producers. Any producer selling cattle must pay the dollar.
ISN’T THE DOLLAR COLLECTED ONLY WHEN CATTLE ARE SOLD FOR SLAUGHTER? No. The $1.00 per head checkoff is due each time an animal is sold, regardless of its age or purpose. This means feeder cattle and stockers, as well as fed cattle, are subject to the checkoff. Breeding stock and dairy cows sold into other herds, whether privately or at auction, are also subject to the checkoff.
IS ANYONE EXEMPT FROM PAYING THE CHECKOFF? No. As of October 1, 1996, as stated in the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order, anyone selling cattle or calves is required by federal law to remit the dollar checkoff. Special allowances are made for buyers who resell cattle no more than 10 days after purchasing them. In these cases, a “Certification of Non-Producer Status” form must be filed for each transaction. Certificates of Non-Producer Status forms are available from the Oklahoma Beef Council. Please email [email protected] or call 405-840-3777.
HOW DO I REMIT CHECKOFF DOLLARS, AND WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE? Choose the correct form from the options listed at www.oklabeef.org/paycheckoff. Remittance forms and payments are due by the 15th day of the month following the transaction. For monthly remitters, even if there are no sales and remittance form is due.
What oversight is in place to protect my investment in the Beef Checkoff? The Oklahoma Beef Council Board of Directors is a board of beef and dairy producer volunteers all who pay the Beef Checkoff. To ensure the integrity of the Beef Checkoff in Oklahoma, we take the following steps: