Minnesota's Beef Promotion and Research Council is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. Five positions will be filled by mail ballots to be sent out by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in March. The Minnesota Beef Council election will select the representatives from Districts 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9.
The Council's funding comes from the Beef Check-off program in which $1 is collected each time a beef or dairy animal is sold. Council activities focus on promotion, research and educational programs to increase the demand for beef. Board members approve and direct the business activities of the Council.
The Minnesota Beef Council is an elected board of 16 beef producers from various parts of the state. Members serve a three-year term and attend four meetings per year. Individuals who would like to be placed on the ballot must own beef or dairy cattle and live in the district they wish to represent.
Contact Dan Olson at (320) 276-8658 or the Minnesota Beef Council at (952) 854-6980 for a nomination form or additional information. Requests for nomination forms may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations will be accepted until February 2, 2007.
Districts holding elections and the counties they include are listed below.
District 4: Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Lac Qui Parle, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine. Local nomination contact: Davis Wulf, (320) 392-5225.
District 5: Benton, Carver, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright. Local Nomination contact: Dan Olson, (320) 276-8658.
District 6: Aitkin, Anoka, Carlton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Ramsey, and Washington. Larry Zea (218) 835-6426.
District 7: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock. Local nomination contact: Clarence Caraway, (507) 368-9437.
District 9: Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona.
Local nomination contact: Lowell Schafer, (507) 923-4315.
Mail ballots will automatically be sent to all beef and dairy producers who voted last year. Producers who did not vote last year must request a mail ballot from the Minnesota Beef Council no later than February 1st. Producers may phone the Minnesota Beef Council at (952) 854-6980 or request a ballot by writing to the Minnesota Beef Council, 2950 Metro Drive # 102, Bloomington, MN 55425.