The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion And Research Board, or CBB, was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. CBB currently consists of 106 members who are nominated by certified nominating organizations and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve a three-year term. Members include domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of beef and beef products. Nominating organizations represent beef and dairy producers in 37 states and three regions, based on cattle numbers. Importer appointments are drawn from nominations by importer associations. Members serve without pay, but may be reimbursed for actual expenses associated with CBB business.
What is a certified nominating organization? A state cattle organization or a state general farm organization must be certified by the Secretary of Agriculture to nominate a CBB member. The organization must apply for certification and show that at least a majority of its paid membership are cattle producers, that its membership includes a substantial number of producers who produce a substantial number of cattle, that it has a history of stability and permanency, and that the primary purpose of the organization is to promote the economic welfare of cattle producers. In states where there are more than one certified organizations, they are encouraged to caucus to select a nominee.