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Farm/ranch organizations respond
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), in a March 13 press release, thanked Montana Sen. Jon Tester for taking the “lead on enhancing the Beef Check-off” and the USDA’s efforts “to enhance the overall beef check-off.”
“While this amendment, and what it will accomplish, is certainly a step in the right direction, we also know that there is more work to be done to increase support for the check-off among its stakeholders,” said USCA President Jon Wooster. “USCA looks forward to being the catalyst for further change in the program in order to ensure the check-off’s credibility, transparency, accountability, and that all producers have a voice in how their check-off dollars are invested.”
The second host of the Minnesota meeting echoed Wooster’s comments in the same release.
“This is the first of many positive steps that need to be taken to continue to strengthen producer confidence in the check-off program and expand organizational diversity,” said National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson. “There have been several organizations developed since 1985 that represent cattlemen across this country and they should have the same access to request check-off dollars as everyone else.”
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