The Cattlemen’s Beef Board could invest about $39.8 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in 2012, subject to approval by the USDA.

National organizations that had proposals approved by the Beef Operating Committee include: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (19 programs totaling $30.2 million); U.S. Meat Export Federation (13 programs totaling $6.38 million); Cattlemen’s Beef Board (one program totaling $1.8 million); American National CattleWomen (two programs totaling $483,360); Meat Importers Council of America (three programs totaling $475,000); and the National Livestock Producers Association (one program at $35,000).