Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for Nebraska cattle brand inspections starting in the summer of 2018.
Bill Bunce, executive director of the Nebraska Brand Committee, says they’ll roll out new technology that will give producers several options for payment.
“We’re going to get away from a cash transaction,” Bunce says. “That target date is set for July 1st, 2018 which gives the agency time to put policies and procedures in place for ‘what if’ scenarios and also to let producers get used to those different payment methods so they can decide what works best for their operations.”
Bunce says a recent state audit advised the committee to stop taking cash for inspections.
“If cash is accepted in the field by a brand inspector and then sent in to the office, then accounting, whether that’s the state or whether that’s on the bookkeeping end here, has no way of knowing that cash is in the system,” Bunce says. “And if it’s put into regular mail or even overnight mail, you’re just subject to losing things.”
Bunce says they’re working to finalize the new technology.
“We feel like we’ve got a good handle on portions of it and the field component is being developed,” Bunce says. “We’re looking forward to having our brand inspectors take a look at that using prototypes, seeing what will work and learning how to refine the issues on it.”
Cash will still be an acceptable option through July 1st of 2018. After that date, cattle producers will have to pay using only checks, credit cards or debit cards.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton