Organization money origins: NCBA and R-CALF
NCBA shows how NOT to fully answer the question posed by Kim, Colorado, rancher Kimmi Lewis: "I always like to ask about money. Where does the money come from that funds your organizations?" 

Terry Stokes, CEO, NCBA: NCBA (National Cattlemen's Beef Association) has a $65 million annual budget with 135 employees in Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. We have two divisions, the federation side and the policy side. We receive $6 million annually in dues income. We receive about $1 million annually from allied industries (products). We are also a beef checkoff contractor. [Do the math; there's still $58 million that he DIDN'T answer 'where the money comes from.'] 

Bill Bullard, CEO, R-CALF USA: R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) has five full time employees in Billings, Montana, and Washington, DC. Our annual budget is $750,000. The majority of our revenues come from membership dues. About one-third of our revenues come from cattle producers contributing above the membership level. Individual memberships are $50. Only cattle producers can vote on R-CALF USA policy. We do not include any other segments of the industry in our policy