The Pennsylvania Beef Council is a non-profit organization working on behalf of nearly 18,000 beef, dairy and veal producers in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania's 53,000 farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. With $7.7 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic driver in our state.
The Beef Council administers the Beef Checkoff Program in Pennsylvania, which assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. Checkoff revenues may be used for promotion, education and research programs to improve the market climate for beef.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval. Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff. All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties.
To work on behalf of farmers, building beef and veal demand with consumers of all ages.
Pennsylvania Beef Council
Address: 205 South Juliana Street Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: 1-888-4BEEFPA (423-3372) or 814-623-2698
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. The checkoff assessment became mandatory when the program was approved by 79 percent of producers in a 1988 national referendum vote.
Learn more about the Beef Checkoff and Cattlemen's Beef Board, here.
In an effort to more effectively target the unique demands and preferences of Pennsylvania Consumers, the Checkoff's PBC heavied up on Pennsylvania consumer data from the August 2021 Dashboard Survey.
Learn more about the areas of tremendous opportunity within Pennsylvania for the Beef Checkoff continuing to share a positive beef message
By law, all producers selling cattle or calves, for any reason regardless of age or sex, must pay $1-per-head to support beef/veal promotion, research and information through the Beef Promotion and Research Act.