National Beef Checkoff Petition Drive extended through October 3

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote Tuesday to the organizers of the National Beef Checkoff Petition Drive, granting them until October 3 to collect the necessary signatures calling for a producer vote of the National Beef Checkoff Program.

The petition drive began July 2, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agriculture Department originally established a 12-month period for the collection of the required 88,269 signatures. Petition organizers had to rely on an online petition site,, which has collected less than 20,000 signatures.

Instead of the requested year-long extension, Vilsack granted a 60-day extension beyond the date of his letter. Vilsack wrote that this 60-day extension “reflects the prevailing will of producers.”

“We don’t have much time, but R-CALF USA (United Stockgrowers of America) will do everything it can to help the organizers achieve the required signatures by the new deadline,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.

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