Ag Policy Blog
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Oct 16, 2014 07:00 PM CDT

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that USDA could soon start the process to create a new beef checkoff which could be in place by 2016. However, he's willing to pull the plug on those plans if the beef industry could reach some consensus on changes to the current checkoff.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and its 45 state affiliates are pushing Vilsack to stop any efforts to use the 1996 generic checkoff law to increase the $1 per-head fee to potentially $2. Under Vilsack's plan, the new $1 fee would promote beef programs and research in a separate structure than the 1985 law that ...

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