The Cattlemen’s Beef Board monitors the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s compliance with the Beef Checkoff firewall – and CBB CEO Polly Ruhland says it firewall is intact and functioning properly. Time and expense coding issues were found after an Agreed-Upon Procedures audit on checkoff finances last year at NCBA – and CBB made suggestions for NCBA to change its procedures. NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts says any coding mistakes were unintentional.

Ruhland says resolutions to all compliance issues identified in the audit were approved by CBB and USDA in January. Roberts says good work by the two organizations with checkoff funds throughout the past 15 years speaks for itself – and NCBA is committed to working with CBB to assure beef demand is strengthened. The goal – he says – is to conduct programs that help beef producers establish successful operations to pass on to their sons and daughters.