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Texas Beef Checkoff Referendum Next Week

CowLocal cattle producers will have the opportunity to vote on a new $1 per head Texas Beef Checkoff in early June, according to Jack Fleming, George Crowson and Than Richburg, Houston County Farm Bureau Board members.

"The Texas Beef Checkoff is the cattleman's investment," Crowson said. "Texas cattlemen will decide how these additional Texas funds will be spent. No business thrives without investment, research and promotion."

He said 27 years of inflation and many challenges including an increasingly aggressive animal rights movement, hundreds of misleading claims about beef, and a declining number of cattle have eroded the capabilities of the original $1 per head investment.

Crowson said, "I'm voting 'yes' for an additional dollar per head to strengthen Texas beef in the marketplace for my future and future generations."

The Texas Beef Checkoff Referendum will be held June 2-6 at all county AgriLife Extension offices across Texas during normal business hours.

The Houston County AgriLife Extension office is located in the Houston County Senior Citizens Center building, adjacent to Davy Crockett Memorial Park in Crockett.

Eligible voters must have owned cattle between June 6, 2013 and June 6, 2014. Owners less than 16 years of age must have their ballot co-signed by a parent or legal guardian.

"Farm Bureau policy strongly supports self-help programs for farmers and ranchers," Fleming said. "A 'yes' vote on this Texas Beef Checkoff will extend and enhance programs the Texas Beef Council has developed and implemented over the last 27 years, as well as fund beef demand-building programs for the future."

For more information, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office or the Texas Department of Agriculture.