Beef Checkoff Questioned
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Tue Sep 9, 2014 07:20 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday he is so frustrated with the inability of a working group of industry officials to come up with a proposal for the beef checkoff program that he may use his own authority to make changes.

In a speech to the fly-in of the National Farmers Union, which dropped out of the working group last Saturday, Vilsack said, "It is unfortunate that the groups that met for a considerable period of time could not reach consensus."

The issues, he noted, are both the amount of money to be raised and the decision-making ...

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