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Re: Read S F Checkoff

I found it, 289.  Here`s a snip that jumps out from the story


Ever since national checkoff groups originally formed in the early 1980s, there have been producers who hate the idea that a portion of the profit they make on every bushel, animal, or carcass goes straight to a national organization that the USDA is supposed to oversee. That money, $1 per head for beef producers, isn’t as closely monitored as it should be, according to groups like R-CALF and the OCM. 

To be clear, checkoff money cannot legally be used for lobbying or influencing government policy or action of any kind. That money is responsible for consumer-facing promotional campaigns like Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. How that funding is monitored can be a hazy area if you look too closely, OCM members believe.

Close to $80 million is generated each year through the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, according to Polly Ruhland, CEO of the CBB. Half of that sum goes to state beef councils; the other half goes directly to the CBB based in Centennial, Colorado

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