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Beef referendum scheduled for Nov. 20

Voting to be conducted at county Extension offices

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2014) — Cattle producers are being asked to consider a referendum asking them whether or not to assess themselves an additional $1 for every cattle sold in Kentucky to help improve the state’s beef industry.

Funds will be collected by the Kentucky Beef Promotion Council to finance a program to promote and stimulate by research, market development, and education, the use and sale, domestic and foreign, of bovine animal products.

beef councilThe referendum will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 at all county Extension offices.

All cattle producers involved in the marketing or sale of cattle in Kentucky are eligible to vote.

To vote by absentee ballot, a request form must be completed and sent to the commissioner of agriculture at least 10 days in advance of the referendum date. The request form may be obtained from any Extension office, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, or the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. Completed request forms should be sent to Steve Kelly, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, 105 Corporate Dr., Frankfort, KY 40601.

If the referendum passes it will become effective April 1, 2015.

Producers will be able to get a refund for the assessment within 30 days of the date on which the assessment is collected.

The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture in August approved the KCA’s request for a referendum. State law requires the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to carry out a referendum at the direction of the board.

For more information, contact Dave Maples, executive director of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, at (859) 278-0899 or [email protected], or the KDA’s Steve Kelly at (502) 573-0450 or [email protected].