State beef councils in seven states, including Indiana have been awarded grants from the Federation Initiative Fund grant program for upcoming efforts to increase consumer demand for beef in their states. The grants from the Federation of State Beef Councils are made to states with substantial consumer populations. The most recent awards were announced at the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver July 18.
Requests to the Federation Initiative Fund are considered and voted on by the Federation Executive Committee, and may be granted at either the Cattle Industry Summer Conference or the Cattle Industry Convention. Total awards for the seven programs at the 2015 Summer Conference was $58,200.
The seven states and their awards were:
Arizona Beef Council – Gate to Plate Tour Series — $7,600
Florida Beef Council – Nutrition Farm to Fork Tour — $11,000
Hawaii Beef Council – Summer Sundays: Beef Fusion Recipes and Stories for Mothers in Hawaii — $5,600
Indiana Beef Council – Fort Wayne’s Best Beef Chili — $4,000
New York Beef Council – Get Fit with the Protein Challenge — $18,000
Ohio Beef Council – Team BEEF Prime Cuts Program — $7,000
Pennsylvania Beef Council – Millennial 2 Millennial (M2M) 2.0 — $5,000
At the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio in February, six grants totaling $32,950 were given. The Federation of State Beef Councils has awarded more than $2.3 million to 22 state beef councils conducting nearly 200 programs since the Federation Initiative Fund was started in 2006. Additional projects will be considered at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention next January.
Beef Industry Establishes Long Range Plan
During the recent Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, industry leaders presented a long range plan for the industry over the next four years. The Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force has been meeting since December of 2014. The Task Force says the plan will meet aggressive goals to strengthen the beef industry from 2016 to 2020. The task force defined the mission of the U.S. beef industry as, “a beef community dedicated to growing beef demand by producing and marketing the safest, healthiest, most delicious beef that satisfies the desires of an increasing global population while responsibly managing our livestock and natural resources.” The long range plan intends to increase beef demand, grow exports and increase consumer trust and protect and enhance the business and political climate for beef. The complete long range plan can be found online at www.beefusa.org.