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As a Qualified State Beef Council, the North Dakota Beef Commission (NDBC), collects the $1-per-head national beef checkoff in North Dakota and retains 50 cents, which the NDBC invests in research, promotion and education projects that advance beef demand in North Dakota as well as nationally and internationally.
Beginning on Aug. 1, 2015, the NDBC also became responsible for collecting the $1-per-head refundable ND state beef checkoff and allocating those funds to augment beef promotion, research and education on a state, national and international basis. The NDBC also manages the refund process for the ND state beef checkoff.
Per ND state law, the NDBC consists of three beef producers, one cattle feeder, one dairy producer, one representative of a public livestock market, and three beef producers at-large.
Also per state law, the North Dakota governor appoints each representative as follows:
Beef Producer representatives are appointed from a list of at least two names submitted by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.
The cattle feeder representative is appointed from a list of at least two names submitted by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Feeder Council.
The dairy producer representative is appointed from a list of at least two names submitted by the Milk Producers Association of North Dakota.
The public livestock market representative is appointed from a list of at least two names submitted by the North Dakota Livestock Marketing Association.
The beef producers at-large must be actively engaged, for 5 years or more, in the phase of the cattle industry they wish to represent. Nominees must be U.S. citizens and residents of North Dakota. Names of producers interested in these positions may be submitted to the Governor for consideration.
Each member of the commission, except the representative of a public livestock market, must be a producer who participates in paying the checkoff.
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