Missouri Farmers Sue to Stop Cattle Checkoff Fee Referendum

February 16, 2016 05:00 AM
Missouri Farmers Sue to Stop Cattle Checkoff Fee Referendum

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center and two farmers are suing the Missouri Department of Agriculture to halt a referendum on higher fees for cattle farmers.

The Crisis Center will ask a judge Tuesday to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the department from proceeding with preparations for the April referendum.

The referendum would ask farmers to approve doubling the per-animal checkoff fee from $1 to $2. The money would go to the Missouri Beef Industry Council, which spent more than a half million dollars on advertising and outreach in 2015.

The Crisis Center alleges the election rules were illegally crafted behind closed doors and require farmers to disclose confidential business information by asking them to register their sales numbers.

Officials with the department were not immediately available for comment.

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Spell Check

Central, MO
2/15/2016 09:34 PM

  How about backing the check off down 20% like the market! How much are they actually getting per head? Hope someone does the research on how many times the average animal gets sold and someone pays another dollar. 5$,6$ a head? Just like everything, look a little deeper and there will a couple people getting wealthy off of the checkoff at the expense of the farmer and rancher. Hate to be negative, but is what it is. You go crisis center. I have jumped through the hoops to get registered to vote, what b.s. Many other people would like to vote against it too, but when they here what you have to do it turns them away. Nothing like getting a dollar honestly.

Onida , SD
2/17/2016 01:50 AM

  That is total BS. The national checkoff hasn't been voted on since I was in high school. Let's seriously have a vote by producers to see if we want to promote USA beef or just beef. This crap is NCBA promoted propaganda. I've asked many people about labeling and not one person gave their CBA premium back because they weren't entitled to it. Labeling pays dividends if it didn't why would all packers pay for CAB's

Golden City, MO
2/17/2016 05:41 AM

  Tax and Government intrusion. Treating producers like trained monkeys. Only registered cattle producers are allowed to vote. Most producers had never heard of Missouri Beef Industry Council and had no idea that they could vote. A total voluntary system that's mandatory under penalty of law that in order for a refund you have to turn in government paperwork showing your sales every 60 days to get a refund. This checkoff is backed by NCBA who pushed for years to repeal COOL. With the help from foreign countries removed the best promotion and educational program for U.S. producers. Every one that sells cattle should have a right to vote without doing the government hokey pokey designed to keep producers from voting. Sad for a republican state with a platform to reduce taxes and less government to put this on producers at a time when prices are falling. Poultry consumption increases daily without a checkoff to line to pockets of a few for golf tournaments and farm tours. MBIC did a poor job educating the producers what they do why do they need more of our hard earned money to think they can educate the most educated consumers in history yet we deny them knowing where their food comes from. No transparency in any of this referendum. MBIC claims you need to call them to find out what their doing. How can you call if you don't know they exist until they want more money.


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