Beef board budget recommended

May 29, 2009
by WLJ
Beef board budget recommended

The Beef Promotion Operating Committee has recommended a $41.5 million Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 reflecting a slight decrease from the FY 2009 budget, but down more than 15 percent from 2008. The 2010 budget recommendation still must be approved by the full beef board, which administers the national checkoff program, and by USDA. “After the severe cuts we have faced in the last couple of years, we continue to be challenged to do more with less in Fiscal 2010,” said CBB Chairman Lucinda Williams, a dairy producer from Massachusetts who also chairs the operating committee. “We have to continue to operate as efficiently as possible without eliminating the checkoff’s effectiveness.”

Williams said she believes the state beef councils, producer leaders, and the budget and operating committees did the best job possible of laying out a budget strategy for FY 2010. “Nobody likes cutting back budgets when there’s so much more to be done,” Williams said. “But we understand that the industry, the country, and the global economy are all in the same boat right now, and we’re doing what we have to do. We look forward to the creative programs that beef industry groups will bring to the table for investment through this budget.”

The CBB Executive Committee also ratified the operating committee’s budget recommendation. In the coming stages of the FY 2010 budgeting process, the full beef board will be asked to approve the budget at its meeting in Denver, CO, in July. Joint industry advisory committees and subcommittees also will meet in Denver to prepare recommendations for specific program proposals to be funded with that budget. These proposals will be considered by the operating committee in September, before the Oct. 1 beginning of the fiscal year, and must finally be approved by USDA before any checkoff dollars may be spent. — WLJ