Beef Cattle Referendum

LIBERTY, April 3, 2014 - Upon request of the Texas cattle industry, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will conduct a referendum on the establishment of a refundable assessment on cattle sales or ownership transfer in Texas.

Only an individual or legal business entity who has owned cattle any time in Texas from June 6, 2013 to June 6, 2014 is eligible to vote in the referendum.

Eligible Texas producers of cattle will vote to determine if a refundable maximum assessment of $1.00 per head of cattle will be collected at each point of ownership transfer. The Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas (BPRCT) will set the assessment rate each year, not to exceed the maximum assessment rate. The assessment will be used for promotion, marketing, research and educational efforts regarding beef and beef products.

The referendum will be held by physical balloting. Ballots will be available at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county offices beginning June 2, 2014. Eligible producers may vote at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county offices June 2-6, 2014 during each office’s regular business hours. If an eligible producer is unable to access a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county office, beginning May 19, 2014, a ballot may be requested from TDA until no later than June 2, 2014.

Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension office of Liberty County is located at 501 Palmer Avenue in Liberty, TX 77575. Once all ballots are collected and sent to TDA, the results will be released after June 19, 2014. If you have further questions, you may contact Cory Long, your local Agriculture & Natural Resources County Extension Agent, 936-334-3230. Our business hours are M – TH 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 – Noon on Fridays.


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