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Ag groups to host nationwide meetings on beef check-off


Ag groups to host nationwide meetings on beef check-off
Leadership from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and the National Farmers Union meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials to discuss the beef check-off program the week of July 18 in Washington, D.C. Among the attendees were (from left) USDA Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos; Kelly Fogarty, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association deputy director of government and industry relations; John Kerstiens, director of government affairs, South Dakota Farmers Union; Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Vice President Chuck Kiker of Texas, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Director Emeritus Leo McDonnell of Montana; and U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Jess Peterson.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association released a joint letter July 27 from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and the National Farmers Union to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack indicating the two groups will host a national discussion of the beef check-off and the program’s future.  . . .

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