On Dec. 23, 2015, Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce approved a petition to conduct a referendum of Missouri cattle producers, pursuant to section 275.352 RSMo as amended, to establish a $1.00 per head state beef checkoff assessment. Cattle producers will now vote for or against the establishment of the state checkoff. Cattle producers will be required to register in order to vote. Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, producers can register online or by visiting their county USDA-FSA to fill out the voter registration form. Producers can also request a form by phone at (573) 751-5633 or by e-mail email@example.com. Voter registration will end March 4, 2016.