Oregon’s cattle ranchers have joined together to promote their product – nutritious, delicious beef – through an entity called the Oregon Beef Council.
Oregon Beef Council is one of 26 commodity commissions that promote Oregon agricultural products under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
In 1986, the federal Beef Promotion and Research Act authorized the collection of a $1.00 per head Checkoff at the time of sale. Of each dollar collected, 50 cents is sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board located in Denver to fund national programs of promotion, education and research. The remaining 50 cents, less a collection fee, is sent to the Oregon Beef Council.
On June 23, 2006, the Oregon Beef Council unanimously approved the proposed administrative rules required by House Bill 2656, which increases the Beef Checkoff in Oregon by 50 cents. On July 3, 2006 the Oregon 50 cent Checkoff went into effect.
Board of Directors
The Oregon Beef Council’s Board of Directors is comprised of eight members appointed by the Director of the Department of Agriculture at the recommendation of industry groups. The members represent the various aspects of the industry. The current members are:
|Jason Chamberlain||Chairman||Vale, OR||Dairy Representative|
|Doug Maag||Vice Chairman||Vale OR||Feeder|
|John Flynn||Treasurer||Lakeview, OR||Cow/Calf Producer|
|John Seymour||Member||Cloverdale, OR||Dairy Representative|
|Linda Bentz||Member||Juntura, OR||Cow/Calf Producer|
|Curtis Martin||Member||North Powder, OR||Cow/Calf Producer|
|Rod Anderson||Member||Pendleton, OR||Handler|
|Philippe Boulot||Member||Portland, OR||Public Member|
Members are appointed for a three-year term that may be renewed for a second term. Meetings are held approximately four times a year at various locations throughout the state. All meetings are public and follow the public meeting laws.