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Referendum to reinstate Iowa Beef Checkoff passes

DES MOINES, Iowa - Beef producers in Iowa have voted to reinstate the 50-cent-per-head Iowa beef checkoff in a vote taken Nov. 30, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Thursday. The preliminary results show a vote of ...

DES MOINES, Iowa – Beef producers in Iowa have voted to reinstate the 50-cent-per-head Iowa beef checkoff in a vote taken Nov. 30, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Thursday.
The preliminary results show a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent in favor of reinstating the assessment.  A simple majority was needed for passage.
The department has until Dec. 30 to certify the referendum results. Collection of the checkoff will begin March 1, 2017.
The Iowa beef checkoff will be mandatory, but refunds will be available to interested producers. The federal beef checkoff of $1 per head remains in place and is not affected by the Iowa vote.
A petition to vote on the state beef checkoff was delivered to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on September 2 by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The petition contained more than 500 signatures of cattle producers in the state of Iowa interested in a referendum.

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