About the Iowa Beef Industry Council
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) is an organization working for the cattle producers of Iowa in areas of education, promotion and research. The programs are funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, where $1.00 per head collected on all Iowa cattle when they are sold. Congress established the national Beef Checkoff Program with the passage of the 1985 Farm Bill and producers approved making the Beef Checkoff Program mandatory in 1988. The Beef Checkoff Program is overseen by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (Cattlemen’s Beef Board).
Fifty cents of each checkoff dollar is sent directly to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board; the remaining money is allocated for state and national beef promotion efforts by the board. IBIC is a Qualified State Beef Council and a member of the Federation of State Beef Councils.
The Iowa Beef Industry Council office is located in Ames, in the same building as the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (the membership division of Iowa’s beef industry).
The Board of the Iowa Beef Industry Council consists of:
- Five cattle producers who are elected at the annual meeting of the Iowa Beef Industry Council (may serve two 3-year terms)
- Three statutory members representing
- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
- Iowa State University Dean of the College of Agriculture
- Iowa Livestock Auction Markets
- Seven producers appointed by the Nominating Committee for one-year terms
- Up to four additional seats for producers who represent Iowa on the Federation of State Beef Councils. These seats are ex-officio, with voting privileges.
Beef promotion efforts include the "Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner." advertising campaign. The checkoff can work in areas of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, international marketing and producer communication about the programs.
What can the checkoff do?
Our checkoff is the only industry-wide, self-help tool we have to fight for the success of the industry. Our checkoff acts as a catalyst for change. Our checkoff doesn't own cattle, packing plants, or retail outlets. It can't single-handedly turn around a bad market. What we, as beef producers, wanted when we created the checkoff was a way to stimulate others to sell more beef and stimulate consumers to buy more beef. This can be done through initiatives such as advertising, public relations efforts, educational programs and new product development assistance.
What can't the checkoff do?
By law, our checkoff funds cannot be used to influence government policy or action, including lobbying.