New budget to be adopted at Beef Council annual meeting
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) directors will be adopting the organization’s fiscal year 2009 budget during the SDBIC Annual Meeting Saturday, Sept. 13. The meeting will be held on the South Dakota State University (SDSU) campus in Brookings, SD, as part of the university’s Beef Bowl festivities.
In charge of administering the $1-per-head Beef Checkoff on all beef cattle sales in the state, the SDBIC will oversee collection of approximately $3.4 million in 2009. Utilized strictly for promotion, education or research programs, half of those dollars will be directed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for programs on the national level. Investment of the remaining half will be determined by SDBIC directors through its final budget.
As part of the budget discussion, directors will determine whether to fund two additional seats on the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), diverting funds from in-state advertising to international promotion. If approved, the SDBIC would have a total of three seats. Mike Gebhart of Meadow, SD, is SDBIC’s current USMEF director. The USMEF is a trade association in the meat and livestock industry. Its mission is to increase the value and profitability of U.S. beef by enhancing demand for their products in export markets.
Directors will also elect two of its own as directors to the Federation of State Beef Councils. Roger Gerdes of Miller is running for re-election. Mike Stahly of Cavour is stepping down as an SDBIC director and his seat on the Federation will be open.
In addition, the SDBIC will be recognizing the 2008 Prime Promoters of Beef during a special luncheon. Each year, the SDBIC honors businesses, individuals and/or organizations which do an exemplary job of promoting beef and the beef industry. This year, award winners are Pat Adrian, long-time executive director of the SDBIC who retired in 2007, Cleaver’s Market of Sioux Falls, and Sioux Nation of Fort Pierre.
The day concludes with Beef Bowl festivities, including a beef barbecue at 3:30 p.m., followed by the football match-up of the SDSU Jacks playing Western Illinois at 6 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
The annual meeting is open to beef producers. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the Walder Room, Room 269 in the Student Union. The Prime Promoter Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union’s Lewis and Clark Room. For more information on the meeting, the events, or to reserve your spot at the luncheon, contact the SDBIC office at 605-224-4722. Reservations for the dinner must be made by Sept. 5. The SDBIC is comprised of three representatives from eight agricultural organizations: SD Beef Breeds Council, SD Cattlemen’s Association, SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, SD CattleWomen, SD Farm Bureau Federation, SD Farmers Union, SD Livestock Auction Market Association, and SD Stockgrowers Association.