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USDA Grading Module & Simulation

The USDA meat grading system sets standards of quality and cutability (yield of edible meat) used in buying and selling of meat. As a voluntary program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the cost of the quality and yield grading program is borne by meat packers. Grading provides consumers an assurance that the product purchased conforms to an expected standard of palatability. Learn about the procedures and technologies involved in quality and yield grading, then test what you've learned in the guided simulation.

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Beef Checkoff-funded Research

By building a science-based knowledge foundation, research is the cornerstone of all checkoff-funded marketing, promotion, education and information programs. The Human Nutrition, Product Quality, Safety, and Sustainability research programs are contained in the Science & Product Solutions Department at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the beef checkoff. Market Research is conducted as part of NCBA’s Market Research & Planning Department.

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