If you are involved producing grassfed or grass-finished beef (or weaned calves that are finished/marketed this way), please take a minute to complete the producer survey below. It is part of a sustainability audit being conducted by the NCBA/beef checkoff program, and will have important bearing on how resources are directed within the greater US beef industry in the future.

Please direct any questions to Jasmine Dillon at the contact information below.

Joe Emenheiser, PhD
University of Vermont Extension
Livestock Specialist
278 South Main Street, Suite 2
St. Albans, VT 05478-1866
(802)524-6501 ext. 434

Are you a grass-finished beef producer in the Northeast? We are seeking your input as we assess the sustainability of grass-finished beef production. This research is part of a beef industry sustainability assessment being conducted by the National Cattlemenís Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The assessment is part of an ongoing effort to address concerns about environmental, social, and economic impacts of beef production.

We have tried to keep this survey brief and easy to fill out; it should require less than 15 minutes of your time. If you come to a question whose answer you donít readily know, just give your best estimate. The information you provide is not traceable to your individual operation and all information we collect will be held confidential. Only overall summaries of the data will be reported.

The survey can be accessed at the following link:

This beef industry sustainability assessment is not an attempt to force a change in practices or advocate a one-size-fits-all approach to beef production. There are few things less sustainable than a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, we are working to examine and showcase beefís improved sustainability over time. If you are interested in learning more about this Beef Checkoff Research Program please visit

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Jasmine Dillon by email at [log in to unmask] or by phone at 814-863-0883.

Thank you for your help in this important project for the beef industry!

Jasmine Dillon

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Animal Science

The Pennsylvania State University

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