The Alabama Cattlemen's Association is conducting a statewide referendum of cattle owners on July 29 to decide whether to continue a 50-cent State Beef Checkoff Program.
Local Extension offices are the official polling places. Voting is from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Alabama Cattlemen's Association was certified by the State Department of Agriculture and Industries to conduct this referendum. Each local county cattlemen's chapter has a Beef Checkoff Referendum Committee responsible for staffing the voting area, counting the ballots, and certifying the results. They will have materials needed to certify cattle owners, and sheets to officially report the voting results.
The Alabama Cattlemen's Association re-instated the state checkoff in 2003. The money collected primarily is used for state youth programs. It augments the 50-cents returned to each state from the $1 National Beef Checkoff. Cattle producers who do not want to participate in the state checkoff can file for reimbursement of the assessment. The national checkoff is mandatory.