Posted January 9, 2014
A recent management review of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) by the Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last week verified that CBB is operating in compliance with the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order and with all applicable federal laws, regulations and policies, according to an article by Farm Futures available here.
The Beef Promotion and Research Order is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. §§ 2901-2918.  AMS is required to conduct management reviews of all commodity boards every three years. 
The report from the AMS Compliance and Analysis Program staff states, “In our management review of CBB, we noted no reportable findings…Our review showed that CBB adhered to the AMS Guidelines for Oversight of Research and Promotion Programs, as well as its own policies,” as reported by Beef Board.
“As secretary-treasurer of the Beef Board, I review finances of the Board on a monthly basis,” said Jimmy Maxey, a cattle feeder in Fresno, California.  “Having seen all of the policies and procedures at work in protecting our checkoff investments, I have confidence in the system we have in place, so I can’t say that I am surprised by the results.  But I think these comprehensive reviews are critical to the transparency of checkoff operations to all producers and importers who pay the beef checkoff assessment.”
The AMS Management Review Report is available here.


For more information on checkoff programs, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.