USCA supports expansion of beef checkoff contracting authority
May 11, 2012
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments on a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) that would revise the eligibility standards for groups seeking beef checkoff-funded contracts. The proposed rule would expand beef checkoff contracting authority by changing the current date requirement so that organizations that have been active and operating for at least two years would be eligible to submit authorization requests and contract with the Beef Promotion Operating Committee to conduct checkoff-funded programs and projects.
USCA President Jon Wooster noted that the rule has wide-spread support among industry groups. “USCA and National Farmers Union hosted an industry-wide meeting last September on the beef checkoff and this proposed rule change emanated from that meeting. USCA policy supports a number of checkoff enhancements and we believe this rule change is the first of many steps to be taken to enhance the mandatory national beef checkoff. We appreciate USDA-AMS efforts and support and we look forward to working with the agency to achieve further checkoff reforms that will strengthen producer trust and confidence in a program funded solely by their investments.”
– U.S. Cattlemen’s Association