HSUS Plays Political Puppet-Master in Latest Attempt to Hinder and Besmirch NCBA and Ag IndustryThu, 28 Jun 2018 12:50:39 CDT
As debate continues in the US Senate over the chamber’s proposed Farm Bill for 2018, one issue that has emerged in discussion that quite frankly has many in the ag community concerned, is an amendment recently introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) that would fundamentally change how agricultural commodity Checkoff programs operate. In an interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s DC office, explained his belief that neither of these senators realize what they are being steered into doing by their anti-agriculture activist supporters.
“(They) have introduced legislation which would prevent any organization that employs lobbyists from being a contractor to a Checkoff,” Woodall explained. “This really is driven by the HSUS and other extremist groups who are funded by HSUS and it is concerning to NCBA for several reasons.”
Primarily concerning, Woodall says, because NCBA is the National Beef Checkoff’s largest contractor. According to Woodall, HSUS and its affiliates have attempted to subvert the integrity of NCBA and the Checkoff with this legislation by making false accusations that Checkoff dollars are being funneled into the lobbying efforts of NCBA. Woodall adamantly insists that has not happened, citing federal audits that have conclusively determined this fact which is prevented in any case by an institutional firewall between the two entities. Similar legislation was introduced this session in the House, but was quickly withdrawn by its sponsor when it became apparent the measure had no legs - a point Woodall and his team are working aggressively on currently to strike down this measure before it gains traction through the poor alliances of uninformed lawmakers.
“We have an activist group that is using two senators that have no connection to agriculture whatsoever… moving forward with an HSUS sponsored attempt to try to take out all the commodity groups,” he said. “We need to send a very clear signal that these two senators are wrong in their assumptions, wrong in their understanding of these programs and at the end of the day - these are not tax dollars being used to support these programs. These are producer dollars and we have three out of four producers out there who are very happy with how the Checkoff works.”
Listen to Woodall discuss activists’ latest attempts at hindering the livestock industry through furtive legislation with Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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