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Deadline to request beef referendum ballots extended

To ensure maximum participation and the opportunity to learn about the upcoming beef referendum, the deadline for Minnesota beef producers to request a ballot has been extended to Friday, January 17.

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“After holding public hearings with producers, we have decided this extension will make it easier for the maximum number of Minnesota beef producers to participate and make an informed decision about this important referendum,” said Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) commissioner Dave Frederickson.

To ensure they are on the list to receive a ballot by mail, producers can request it in one of three ways. The MDA’s website has a ballot request form at, producers can call the MDA at (651) 201-6013 or the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council at (952) 854-6980.

The Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council is proposing to increase the amount of the current state checkoff by an additional $1 per head on all bovine animals marketed within Minnesota by each producer or feeder. The additional $1 per head is voluntary.

Dairy cows purchased by a dairy producer specifically for milk production are not subject to the checkoff. Dairy cows and veal calves sold by a dairy producer for the purpose of slaughter are subject to the checkoff.

Producers who request a ballot by the January 17 deadline can expect to receive a ballot in the mail in early March.

To learn more about how the Minnesota Beef Council utilizes checkoff dollars, producers are encouraged to contact the council at (952) 854-6980.