Beef Checkoff Effort Frayed
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Aug 21, 2014 06:47 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- After more than three years of trying to reshape the funding flow of the beef checkoff program, members of the National Farmers Union say it has become futile to continue the ad-hoc industry talks.

Doug Sombke, president of the South Dakota Farmers Union, sat in on meetings of the 11-member industry group over the last eight months. The working group has been trying to reach some consensus on how to change the way the checkoff operates while developing a plan that could lead to a potential increase in the $1 per-head fee.

"We've been at it for ...

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