The Hawaii Beef Industry Council, a non-profit organization, is a Qualified State Beef Council (QSBC) under the national Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Our purpose is to promote beef and beef products in the State of Hawaii, as well as research and education. The Beef Check-off is authorized and in fact required under Federal Law and is administered by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture).
Wholesalers/Retailers/Food Service:We are happy to provide beef promotional materials to supermarkets, restaurants and beef wholesalers and other retailers on all Islands. We also provide grant monies to approved bona-fide beef promotion or education efforts.
The Hawaii Beef Industry Council is responsible to collect Check-off dollars on each head of cattle sold or harvested in the State of Hawaii. By having a QSBC, Hawaii benefits by having fifty cents of every dollar collected held in State for promoting Beef in Hawaii. Your Check-off funds kept in Hawaii continue to promote beef in all county… your beef. We provide funds for promotions at the Farm Fairs and other public events. We provide beef promotional materials to supermarkets, restaurants and beef wholesalers and other retailers on all Islands. We also provide grant monies to approved bona-fide beef promotion or education efforts.
Collection information for Producers, Cattle buyers and Processors:
Whether you keep your cattle in Hawaii or if you participate in the markets on the Mainland, cattle producers nationwide continue to reap the benefits of the National Beef Check-off program. Check-off research shows conclusively that the beef/cattle industry has benefited significantly by increased demand from advertising programs as well as programs which deal with food safety issues, convenience of preparation and the nutritional benefit of eating beef.
If you have participated in prepayment of your check-off dollars, please know that we appreciate you keeping your investment in Hawaii. If you haven’t, please know that by not participating in pre-payment you are placing your investment in another state and reducing the amount of money that we have for the in-state promotion of our industry.
Buyers and slaughterhouses:
Please remember that under Federal Law, you are required to collect One Dollar for every animal purchased or slaughtered and remit it to the Hawaii Beef Industry Council if ownership transfers in Hawaii, or within 10 days of arriving on the Mainland. Mainland buyers, please remember that this is your responsibility too! Furthermore, when a half interest is sold in cattle, when people partner, One Dollar per head is due on half the cattle sold.
Producers:Please be aware that failure by the buyer to collect and remit the One Dollar per head, does not relieve you of the responsibility. If they don't do it, by law you must. Please remember this when you sell or process your cattle.
Collectors are reminded that The Beef Check-off is due on a monthly basis, by the 15th of the month following the month the cattle were sold or slaughtered. For instance the $1 per head Check-off on any cattle sold or slaughtered during June is due to the Hawaii Beef Industry Council by July 15, no matter how small the amount. Making quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments on all cattle sold or slaughtered during those periods is not acceptable, no matter how small the amount.
Under Federal Law, 2% per month must be paid on all late check-off remittances. As stated above, check-off payments must be made no later than the 15th of the month following the month the cattle are sold or slaughtered.
A copy of the Monthly Remittance form and remittance information can be found by clicking here or you can contact us to have forms mailed to you. The form, in PDF format, can be printed or can be filled out on your computer and mailed in with your remittance (you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available free on the Internet). The form is available on this web site. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.