USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to downsize the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 99 members. According to USDA, the law authorizing the USDA proposes smaller beef checkoff boardboard requires the board’s size to change with shifts in cattle inventory levels.

The last board reapportionment occurred in 2011, when the January 1 inventory report from USDA reported a total inventory of all cattle and calves of 92.6 million.

The proposal would reduce domestic cattle producer representation on the board from 96 to 93, and importer representation would drop from seven to six. According to USDA, the Beef Promotion and Research Order provides for a review of geographic distribution of U.S. cattle inventories and the number of imported cattle, beef and beef products at least every three months and not more than every two years.

In order to be represented on the board, a state or unit must have at least 500,000 head of cattle and is entitled to an additional member for each additional 1 million head of cattle. The proposed downsize is based on all inventories as well as cattle, beef and beef product import data from 2010-2012.

More information about the proposal is available on the USDA AMS website.

The agency is also seeking nominations for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Vacancies for producer and importer board members are in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, the Southwest Unit (California and Nevada), and the Importer Unit.

Any beef producer within the United States who owns cattle or any importer who imports cattle or beef can be considered for nomination.

More information about CBB nominations is available on the USDA AMS website.