Official statement released June 24, 2010:
"We are extremely disappointed with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board’s decision to recommend a complete split between the Federation of State Beef Councils and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. We understand that there are a lot of different views out there as to how we best serve U.S. cattle producers in an effective and efficient way. However, we stand on 14 years of results.
“Through the transparent process of reinventing our governance structure, the industry has awakened to what we have known since NCBA’s inception: NCBA is much more than a policy organization. In 1996, when industry leaders chose to merge the Beef Industry Council of the National Live Stock and Meat Board with the National Cattlemen’s Association, NCBA became much more than a policy organization. NCBA became home to the Federation of State Beef Councils. For 14 years the Federation has voluntarily chosen NCBA as its home in order to get the most bang for its buck.
“Today, 40 Qualified State Beef Council Boards choose to invest in NCBA. They choose to invest because they believe their checkoff dollars are most efficient and most effective when the dollars work together to build and protect consumer demand for beef. From managing issues like BSE and E. coli-related recalls to introducing new beef products to strengthening consumer understanding of the nutritional benefits of beef, the affiliation between the Federation and NCBA has been a producer-driven organization that U.S. cattle producers can be proud of. Given the multitude of attacks on today’s beef production, it’s important we unite not divide.
“As we work with our State Beef Council partners, we will continue to work to gain additional clarity regarding the CBB executive committee’s recommendation. At the end of the day, we want to serve cattle producers who are working hard to feed a growing global population just as we have done for the last 14 years.”