Support for the beef checkoff, at 78%, is the highest recorded in the past 21 years, according to a recent survey of 1,225 beef and dairy producers nationwide.
The random survey conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late December 2013 and early January 2014 found an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways:
• Eight out of 10 producers say the beef checkoff has helped to contribute to a positive trend in beef demand.
• 71% of producers say the beef checkoff contributes to the profitability of their operations.
• 77% say the checkoff is there for them in a crisis.
• 79% say the checkoff represents their interests.
• Two in three beef producers believe the checkoff is well managed.
"Despite being challenged by drought, critics of the checkoff and groups who would like to see us go out of business, beef and dairy producers continue to see more in their Beef Checkoff Program than just paying for a few ads or a few promotions," says Producer Communications Working Group Chair Jeanne Harland. "I'm one of the eight out of 10 who believe the checkoff has helped to contribute to a positive trend in beef demand."
Harland said the beef checkoff has served the beef industry with programs producers want for 28 years, and "that is why we see the checkoff as representing our interests according to the survey."
One of the key priorities of the working group which Harland chairs is to increase the understanding of how the checkoff works and how it benefits them and their role as stakeholders, she notes.
"It's an increasingly competitive world and for beef producers to continue to succeed we have to be able to not only produce a safe, nutritious and sustainable product, we have to promote its benefits in this country and worldwide. We can only do this by working together through the beef checkoff," she says.
View more data and graphs by downloading a copy of the research online.