USDA Remains Concerned About Firewall Within NCBA Structure Between Policy and CheckoffWed, 26 May 2010 6:20:08 CDT
In response to a request from Stewart Doan of Agri-Pulse, a USDA spokesman from the USDA Office of Communications provided the following statement that indicates that USDA is not satisfied that NCBA has addressed the concerns raised in a letter from earlier this month by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The brief statement says:
"USDA appreciates the opportunity to discuss the reorganization proposal put forward by NCBA during their visit today. Secretary Vilsack's recent letter to NCBA represents USDA's current position on this issue. We remain concerned that NCBA's current proposal weakens the firewall between policy and checkoff funded activities, and have asked NCBA to put in writing how they plan to carry out each of the Secretary's guidelines outlined in the letter."
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