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·         NCBA Addresses Checkoff Referendum Petition

… “NCBA fully supports the producers’ right to have their voices heard on the future of the checkoff. However, we also believe the petition and signature gathering processes should be transparent and conducted with integrity…

 

·         Beef producers: Do you want to vote on the checkoff?

A nationwide petition drive requesting referendum on ending the Beef Checkoff program continues.

 

 

NCBA Addresses Checkoff Referendum Petition

 

Southeast AgNet Radio Network (FL) 

July 28, 2020

 

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Summer Business Meeting is taking place this week in Colorado. NCBA President Marty Smith, a Florida cattle producer, released the following statement about the Beef Checkoff referendum petition launched in July.

 

“In the 1980s, NCBA was instrumental in the initial passage of the Beef Promotion and Research Act and the resulting referendum that established the Beef Checkoff as we know it today. The Act makes it very clear that cattle producers have a say in the continuation of the checkoff through a grassroots petition process.

 

“NCBA fully supports the producers’ right to have their voices heard on the future of the checkoff. However, we also believe the petition and signature gathering processes should be transparent and conducted with integrity. NCBA trusts cattle producers to make the right decisions for our industry, so if some producers feel they need to sign a petition calling for a vote on the Beef Checkoff, then they should sign. If enough sign then we should vote. We are confident that a vote by those who invest and direct their hard-earned dollars will again show strong support for this program and will finally allow our industry to put this issue behind us...

 

more

http://southeastagnet.com/2020/07/28/ncba-checkoff-referendum-petition/

 

 

Beef producers: Do you want to vote on the checkoff?

A nationwide petition drive requesting referendum on ending the Beef Checkoff program continues.

 

Compiled byBEEF staff

Jul 28, 2020

 

As of today, 2,825 producers have submitted a petition calling for a vote on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order.

 

Several individual ranchers and farm and ranch groups, including R-CALF USA, formally launched a national petition drive on July 2 requesting a nationwide referendum on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order, commonly known as the Beef Checkoff program, Feedstuffs reported.

 

“NCBA fully supports the producers’ right to have their voices heard on the future of the checkoff," said National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Marty Smith, a Florida cattle rancher. "However, we also believe the petition and signature gathering processes should be transparent and conducted with integrity."

 

Let's back up. Who pays the beef checkoff?

 

According to the Beef Promotion and Research Act, all producers selling cattle or calves must pay $1 per head to support promotion, research and information. The buyer is generally responsible for collecting $1 per head from the seller.  The beef checkoff was established as part of the 1985 farm bill.

 

Where does the money go once it's collected?

 

The funds are sent to respective state beef councils and then the Cattlemen's Beef Board. If the state doesn't have a council, funds go directly to the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

 

What is the Cattlemen's Beef Board? ...

 

How is the National Cattlemen's Beef Association involved? ...

 

Why the petition?

 

"This is the first step in reclaiming cattle producers' independence from the government-mandated Beef Checkoff Program that has been taxing our industry to fund the government's speech for over 30 years," said R-CALF USA Checkoff Committee chair Vaughn Meyer in a Feedstuffs article. R-CALF USA was joined by the South Dakota Livestock Markets Association, 25 individual livestock action markets, the Organization for Competitive Markets, electric power cooperatives and other groups. The entire list can be found here [ ].

 

How many producers have to sign a petition for a referendum to be held? How long do they have to sign the petition? ...

 

What is NCBA saying about the petition drive? ...

 

more, including links 

https://www.beefmagazine.com/marketing/beef-producers-do-you-want-vote-checkoff