As a Qualified State Beef Council, the North Dakota Beef Commission (NDBC), collects the $1-per-head national beef checkoff in North Dakota and retains 50 cents, which the NDBC invests in research, promotion and education projects that advance beef demand in North Dakota as well as nationally and internationally.
Beginning on Aug. 1, 2015, the NDBC also became responsible for collecting the $1-per-head refundable ND state beef checkoff and allocating those funds to augment beef promotion, research and education on a state, national and international basis. The NDBC also manages the refund process for the ND state beef checkoff.
the late 1960’s, a group of North Dakota cattle producers began investing in a
voluntary beef checkoff program to utilize the funds in-state as well as
collaborate with other beef-producing states to promote beef consumption in
population centers of the country.
The Beef Promotion and Research Act (the Act) was passed as part of the 1985 Farm Bill and provides the mission and the base for development of a producer-funded beef promotion and research program -- the Beef Checkoff Program -- aimed at building demand for beef and beef products, both domestically and internationally.