KFU signs letter to Vilsack concerning beef checkoff

24 06 2010

Kansas Farmers Union signed a letter yesterday addressed to USDA secretary Vilsack that calls for complete separation of the NCBA and the Federation of State Beef Councils. Along with Kansas, six other Midwest Farmers Union presidents signed the letter including South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Rocky Mountain, Montana, Oklahoma and National Farmers Union.

South Dakota Farmers Union reported: “The NCBA currently administers a portion of the $1.00 per head beef checkoff program which is used to promote U.S. beef across the country and around the world. Last year, a governance task force assembled by the NCBA recommended some monumental changes to the way the beef checkoff is structured. Their proposal would put the Federation of State Beef Councils under a House of Delegates. Farmers Union believes this proposal would give the NCBA too much control over beef checkoff dollars, and decrease accountability and transparency within the checkoff program.”

“Earlier this month, Secretary Vilsack sent a letter to the NCBA expressing his concerns about the proposed structural changes to the beef checkoff program. The coalition of Farmers Union states and the National Farmers Union share the same concerns expressed by Secretary Vilsack. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), which oversees the beef checkoff has also expressed its concerns about the NCBA structural proposal, and has called for a complete separation between the Federation of State Beef Councils and NCBA.”

To read the entire letter click HERE.

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