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Deer Lakes Food Service Director appointed to state Beef Council

November 15, 2018

Deer Lakes Director of Food Services Joe Beaman has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Beef Council board of directors.

Beaman became interested in joining the council after seeing a presentation on what they do at a conference he attended. He sees his main role as an advocate for schools.

“I’m the only school food services professional on the board and I think my role there will be to promote the utilization of lean beef in schools and to provide feedback to the committee about what schools need and the future of school food in Pennsylvania,” he said in a press release. “It’s a tremendous honor and a responsibility I take very seriously.”

Beaman starts his two-year term in January.

Beaman and the district were recently recognized by the state Department of Agriculture for Deer Lake’s farm-to-school program where they partner with local farmers for meat and produce. They will be featured in upcoming videos the department will use to showcase model programs across the state.

According to its website, the Beef Council administers the Beef Checkoff Program in Pennsylvania, which assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. Checkoff revenues can be used for promotion, education and research programs to improve the market climate for beef.

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