Chairwoman Dawn Caldwell Rebukes Critics' Claims About State Beef Council Federation's WorkThu, 20 Dec 2018 12:07:26 CST
The populist beef industry organization, R-CALF USA, currently has litigation against the United States Department of Agriculture and the Montana Beef Council - an action that has been expanded to additional beef councils across the heartland including Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. At the heart of the litigation is the money that’s being handed over by state beef councils to the Federation of State Beef Councils. Chair of that group, Dawn Caldwell of Nebraska, explained to Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays recently, what this all really means for state Beef Councils.
“Right now, nothing has changed,” she said. “The judge has not placed the injunction that Montana is experiencing on the other states. So, we are operating status quo.”
She continued, “None of those states have anything wrong. The lawsuit is asking to validate federal oversight. All of those states have a Memorandum of Understanding in place - so each and every project they’re doing even at their state level is being approved at the federal USDA level.”
With that critical MOU in place, Caldwell is confident the councils will be able to maneuver their 50 cents through the system as they have been to continue to create beef demand. Caldwell argues that the work of the councils benefits all producers with the beef demand it creates. Especially right now, with beef demand at an all-time high.
“If we are not allowed to carry out that good work, then I get sad thinking about what could happen to beef demand and every producer. We want good market prices for our animals and beef demand is what brings that about for us,” she said, reiterating that every dollar collected by the Beef Checkoff is allocated and brings value back to the producer that contributed it. “The benefit that comes from those dollars is incredible and to think that there is any question that these dollars cross paths makes me really sad.”
Listen to Caldwell and Hays discuss further how the Federation of State Beef Councils in partnership with the USDA, creates consumer demand to help beef producers market their product, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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