Consumers around the country may associate Idaho with its famous potatoes, but Idaho ranchers know that the state’s agricultural industry produces another important product: beef. In a state where cattle outnumber people, the Idaho beef industry is an integral part of local communities and the economy of Idaho. The Idaho Beef Council is a consumer-focused, producer-directed organization representing the state’s second largest agricultural industry.
A state agency, the Idaho Beef Council was created in 1967 by the Idaho legislature to serve as a marketing organization for Idaho’s beef industry. It is funded by the beef checkoff program - a $1.50 per head assessment on the sale of cattle in Idaho. The funds generated from this are used to increase consumer beef demand through promotion, research and education. An eight-member board of directors guides the Idaho Beef Council.
The work undertaken by Idaho Beef Council is guided by industry leaders representing every segment of the Idaho Cattle industry. These individuals are nominated by their respective organizations and appointed by the Governor of Idaho to give voice, expertise and perspective to the needs of Idaho's cattle ranchers, farmers and beef producers.
The Idaho Beef Council proudly serves Idaho's cattle farmers and ranchers through education, promotion and community engagement to demonstrate the value of the beef industry in Idaho. We also engage in activities that demonstrate that not only is beef delicious, but it's also a powerful ally in building healthy bodies, thriving communities and a strong economy for Idahoans.
Idaho Beef Council
1951 W. Frederic Lane
Boise, ID 83705
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm