WSGA: In the News

Date: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM

Title: Beef producers bracing for change

Cowboy State cattle producers are bracing for an overhaul of the national Beef Checkoff Program after the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed the creation of a separate program amid failed administrative reforms of the current system.

Wyoming beef producers have paid $1 per head for all cattle sold since the inception of the program in 1986. The funds are spent on improvements in the marketing of beef products to U.S. consumers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s proposal would add a mandatory checkoff fee of $1 per head to fund a second separate checkoff.

“We’re very concerned about getting two programs running,” said Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. “I don’t think that’s healthy for the industry. I don’t think that results in the best utilization of producer dollars.”

He said the two checkoffs would likely end up competing on the same projects rather than pooling resources to enhance research and marketing.

The Wyoming Beef Council collects checkoff money annually. For every dollar collected by the group, 50 cents stays in the state for use by Wyoming producers.

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Producers brace for change in beef checkoff

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