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Don't Hijack the Beef Checkoff

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:52:09 CDT

Don't Hijack the Beef Checkoff
Cattle producers concerned about the future of the nation's beef checkoff are going straight to the President. A petition has been started on the White House website petitioning the Obama Administration not to hijack the beef checkoff. The petition is in response to US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announcing the possible creation of a second beef checkoff. This new checkoff would be controlled by the federal government and would likely not be coordinated with the existing checkoff. This proposal has been criticized particularly by the leadership of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Through the "We the People" section of the White House website, opponents against the Vilsack proposal put together a petition for supporters to sign. The petition states:

"For nearly 30 years the Beef Checkoff has increased beef demand, invested in research, and made beef what's for dinner for millions of families worldwide. With an approval rating of nearly 80 percent and a return of $11.20 for every producer dollar invested, the Checkoff has been a success. Don't let the Secretary of Agriculture create a new checkoff under the 1996 Act, diminishing the currently successful program and stripping the Checkoff from hands of America's cattlemen and women," according to the Don't Hijack the Beef Checkoff on-line petition.

The "We the People" section of the White House website was created over three years ago. This allows Americans to voice their opinion on a particular subject. In order for a petition to receive a response 100 - thousand signatures must be submitted within 30 days.   

To sign the digital petition click here.



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