Increases in support for beef demand-building efforts were approved by directors of the Federation Division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at the organization’s Board meeting held last week in conjunction with the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Kissimmee, Fla.

Additional funding will go to programs funded through the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) and a special Federation Initiative Fund that channels money from states with large cattle populations to those with large consumer populations.

Federation directors voted to allocate $750,000 in expected surplus Federation funds to supplement the funding requests that will be considered by the BPOC in September. The BPOC determines national and international programs for building beef demand. The funds are invested by state beef councils and are in addition to a $5.13 million initial FY2012 investment approved by the Federation Executive Committee and Federation directors