2020 Board of director elections

The Nebraska Beef Council is seeking candidates to serve on the board of directors in 2021. All candidates must meet the qualifications outlined below. The board’s major responsibility is to oversee checkoff expenditures by determining promotion, research and education programs for checkoff investments. The term is four years and will begin on January 2, 2021. 

2020 Election Districts:
District 1- Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux 
District 3- Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne 
District 5- Buffalo, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Howard, Sherman, Valley 
District 7- Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington, York 
District 9- Dawson, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, Red Willow

Qualifications for Beef Council Directors

To have your name placed on the ballot:

Step 1. Candidates must have the qualifications required of a board member (see “Qualifications for Beef Council Directors” below)

Step 2.  Obtain a candidate packet from the Nebraska Beef Council 

Step 3.  Submit the following to third party reviewer by June 15, 2020: Due to COVID 19, social distancing and directed health measures, the deadline to postmark submission of the Nominating petition to the third party reviewer is july 15, 2020 per the NBC Board of Directors bylaws change.  

1) The Nominating Petition form containing the signatures of at least 100 “eligible voters” from the District you will represent.  This petition is valid only for the 2020 election. DUE TO COVID 19, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND DIRECTED HEALTH MEASURES, THE NUMBER OF PETITION SIGNATURES HAS BEEN LOWERED TO 50 ELIGIBLE VOTERS FOR THE 2020 NBC ELECTION ONLY PER THE NBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS BYLAWS CHANGE.

2) The signed Statement of Intent that you agree to be a candidate for your District and if elected, you will represent Nebraska beef producers’ checkoff dollars through program investments on a state, national and international level.

3) The signed Candidate Affidavit that you possess the qualifications to be a Director and that you will serve as a Director if elected.

4) Provide Documentation of Ownership for cattle from the previous five years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

5) The completed Candidate Biography, information and photo.

Eligible candidates must: 

  1. have not served more than two consecutive terms, whether full or partial terms, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Beef Council
  2. be a resident and a registered voter of a county in the district he or she will represent
  3. be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
  4. have been actively engaged as a producer in Nebraska for at least the previous five years and provide documentation of ownership to Third Party.  A producer may meet the requirement of owning or acquiring ownership of cattle by owning or acquiring ownership:
    a. In his or her individual name
    b. OR as a partner in a partnership, which qualifies as a producer and actively participates in the operation of the partnership’s business
    c. OR is a shareholder in a corporation, which qualifies as a producer and who, as an officer or employee of the corporation, actively participates in the operation of the corporation’s business.
    d. OR is a member in an LLC, and actively participates in the operation of the LLC’s business. NOTE: a person shall NOT be considered a producer if (a) the person’s only share in the proceeds of a sale of cattle or beef is a sales commission, handling fee or other service fee or (b) the person acquired ownership of cattle to facilitate the transfer of ownership of such cattle from the seller to a third party and resold such cattle no later than ten (10) days from the date on which the person acquired ownership.
  5. Be in compliance with all checkoff laws for 12 months prior to call for candidates. 

Election Timeline        

February 1, 2020
Board formally calls for elections in Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9   

February 1, 2020                         
Candidate packets available for distribution   

NEW DATE: July 15, 2020                
Candidate packets due to third party:
KSO CPAs + Advisors % Brooke Miller
404 East 25th Street
PO Box 1120
Kearney, NE  68848
(must be postmarked by June 15, 2020)   

August 1, 2020              
Notify voters in districts with contested elections   

August 1, 2020- October 1, 2020
Pre-certification period completed by third party (must be postmarked by October 1, 2020) see address above   

November 15-30, 2020 
Voting period Ballots will be mailed to qualified voters (must be postmarked by November 30, 2020)   

December 2020              
Third Party Contractor counts and delivers certificate of election   

December 2020
NBC Board of Directors canvass the results of the election(s) and votes to approve the election(s). New Directors announced.  

January 2, 2021
New Director term begins   

** All dates are subject to change

For more information about the 2020 elections or to request a candidate packet, please email Doug Straight or call the Nebraska Beef Council at 800-421-5326