The Taste of the Hawaiian Range was developed to educate the public about the wholesomeness of grass-fed beef raised on our island. Yet, many people want to know more and more about where their food comes from and who supports the stewardship of the industry. Let’s take a look at some of the national organizations who support the beef industry nationwide.
The Beef Board
Congress created a national Cattlemen’s Beef Board under the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) to carry out the Beef Act’s program. The program includes Beef Promotion and the Research Act which are all associated with the Beef Checkoff Program. Locally, the Hawaii Beef Industry Council, a non-profit organization, is a Qualified State Beef Council under the national Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
What is the Beef Checkoff?
The Beef Checkoff is a producer-funded marketing and research program aimed at promoting and increasing sales of beef products in supermarkets, restaurants and marketing new products such as new recipes. With demonstrations of beef products and sampling, the Beef Checkoff Program is able to showcase new menus, new recipes and nutritional information about beef.
Professionals in the food service industry can access information about beef safety, cuts, facts and trends, recipes and training materials at www.beeffoodservice.org.
Those of you who love to cook and eat beef can go to www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/ for cooking tips, facts, nutritional materials, recipes, and the Beef So Simple newsletter. The Mojo Beef Kabobs Recipe is from this website which is funded by the Beef Checkoff Program.
Check out these sites for more information:
The Hawaii Beef Industry Council, is the Hawaii State organizations which is responsible to collect Check-of dollars on each head of cattle sold or processed in our State. Hawaii benefits by having fifty-cents of every dollar collected in Hawaii held in the State for promotion of Beef in Hawaii. Beef promotional materials are done at Farm Fairs, supermarkets, restaurants, and with wholesalers and retailers.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) represents U.S. Cattle producers and advocates for the cattle industry. They have a Livestock Marketing Council, a Cattle Learning Center and sponsor a Summer Conference. To learn more about the NCBA visit www.beefusa.org.