Oklahoma Certified Beef Association program launched to benefit cattlemen, processors


By Lacey Newlin, High Plains Journal (KS)?

Feb 19, 2021


During 2020抯 unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, consumers reached several conclusions梩hey never want to be without toilet paper ever again, hand sanitizer is a precious commodity, the meat processing system we have now is flawed and they love the taste of local, home-grown beef. In response to the beef processing challenges of 2020, American Farmers & Ranchers and Oklahoma Farmers Union Cooperative developed a marketing opportunity called the Oklahoma Certified Beef Association.


Scott Blubaugh, AFR/OFU Cooperative president said Oklahoma State Rep. Ty Burns came up with the idea and wrote legislation called the 2020 Oklahoma Certified Beef Act, which went into effect Nov. 1 and created the definition that cattle bred, born, raised and slaughtered in the state of Oklahoma are eligible to be labeled as Oklahoma certified beef. Through AFR/OFU抯 OCBA program, which rolled out Jan. 2, consumers are guaranteed 100% Oklahoma beef products.


揟he goal is to be able to keep more of the retail food dollar in rural communities in Oklahoma, so we抳e created a tool for the smaller farms and ranches to use in marketing directly,?Blubaugh said. 揥e want to keep more of it on the ranches and farms so we can have a thriving rural industry. We started this to help family farms and ranches be able to stay in business and every one of those retail food dollars that we can keep in our rural communities is a huge economic driver for these small towns. If a farmer or rancher prospers, the schools, churches, hardware store are also going to prosper.?/p>


OCBA cattle and products are certified via affidavits that are part of a third-party...


Oklahoma beef is what抯 for dinner ...?