The Nebraska Cattlemen State Beef Checkoff Task Force is recommending to the group’s executive committee that a state based checkoff not be pursued this year.
The task force, chaired by Thedford rancher Dave Hamilton, considered input from people who attended a meeting as well as from the results of surveys. They also evaluated current weather and market conditions. The task force acknowledged a good deal of positive input, but didn’t feel like the time was right considering the drought and adversity that cattlemen are feeling.
The task force says it’ll keep discussing the importance of increasing the checkoff at some point in the future.