May 6, 2010 10:55 AM by Letitia Walker
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has appointed Genevieve Lyons of Church Point to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board.
The board oversees the national Beef Checkoff Program, which pays for research, education and promotion. Members are volunteers who serve three year terms.
Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says Lyons and her husband, Daniel, own a cow-calf operation and farm of more than 1,800 acres in Acadia Parish. They also raise
quarterhorses, provide custom hay baling, and run a commercial hay business.
The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, and a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States keep up to half the money and send the rest to the national board.