State cattlemen’s groups are strongly united in their belief that the separate, supplemental beef checkoff program proposed by USDA Ag Secretary Vilsack is unneeded.
In a show of that unity, forty-five state cattlemen’s associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act, reports Beef Producer.
Discussions among a checkoff enhancement working group, which includes the NCBA, American Farm Bureau, the Cattlemen's Beef Board and others, began in 2011. Recently, the National Farmers Union, also a member of the working group, exited on concerns that a consensus could not be reached.
The U.S. Cattlemen's Association also said it was concerned with the group's trajectory and confirmed it would support a USDA-facilitated overhaul.
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