KS – Armed with the knowledge that many Kansas school districts are facing tight budgets, Kansas beef producers once again have voted to continue the beef certificate program. The beef certificate program is a 17-year-old program designed to ensure Family and Consumer Science (FACS) classrooms have the much-needed funds to teach beef cookery. Beef producers from across Kansas who serve on the Kansas Beef Council (KBC) Executive Committee recognize that many FACS teachers would not be able to purchase beef for their classes if it were not for the help of the beef certificate program.
For the 2007-2008 school year, over 200 Kansas FACS teachers already have signed up for the program. These teachers also will receive a variety of checkoff-funded education materials chosen to enhance their beef curriculum. Topics covered in the materials range from beef cuts to cookery and food safety to nutrition. Beef producers in Kansas annually contribute over $40,000 to this program. “The beef certificate program is a great example of how cattlemen's beef checkoff dollars are striving to improve beef demand by impacting future consumers in public and private schools throughout Kansas,” said KBC chairman Andrew Murphy.
If your local school district does not take advantage of the beef certificate program and you would like to learn more about the program, or if you want to know if your school is participating, contact Deena Robinson, Director of Consumer Information for the Kansas Beef Council, at (785) 273-5225.
The beef checkoff program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50¢ of the dollar and forward the other 50¢ per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.