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USDA Dropping Checkoff Plan
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:35 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's happy people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement.

In a phone interview Thursday, Vilsack said USDA won't pursue efforts to create another checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law. A policy rider in the federal appropriations bill passed over the weekend prevents USDA from continuing to write a rule for the plan during this fiscal year.

An appropriations bill doesn't carry the weight of law as an authorizing act, but the ...

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