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NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Terminating Beef Checkoff Would Hurt Cattlemen

Wed, 26 May 2021 07:47:22 CDT

NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Terminating Beef Checkoff Would Hurt Cattlemen Last July two groups, R-CALF USA and the Organization of Competitive Markets, petitioned USDA to terminate the national beef checkoff program.
Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently visited with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the future of the beef checkoff program.
The referendum is not about improving the checkoff but rather killing it, Woodall said.
People need to understand that, he emphasized.
The USDA has been very clear to us, he said. The way it is set up the referendum is a yes or no on continuing the checkoff, period, Woodall said.
The people pushing this have not been very upfront and truthful with those who signed the petition, he said.
Approximately 88,000 signatures would be required for the USDA to establish a new referendum and the only data available shows 12,366 submissions have been made so far.
R-CALF lists a number of reasons for the referendum, but the bottom line is if there is enough signatures and there is a vote against the checkoff, the program is terminated.
The checkoff program would have to be restarted and in today’s political environment it would be difficult to get any improvements to the program supported by Congress.
Meanwhile, all the beef education and promotion programs supported by the checkoff would go away.
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