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Category: Beef Checkoff

It´s Almost Over
— by Lee Pitts

What a difference a decade can make!

In 1988 after two earlier defeats, a quarter of a million cattlemen voted to approve a mandatory beef checkoff. Two organizations that worked furiously for the checkoff in those days were the NCA, and the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). Eleven years later the NCA has transformed itself into the NCBA and has seen the portion of its budget that is derived from checkoff dollars soar to 86%.… Read the rest


Spinning Out Of Control
— by Lee Pitts

If you thought creative usage of the English language, evasive answers and selective memory were practiced only in Washington D.C. you haven´t been reading the press releases spewing forth from NCBA headquarters. These people could give the Clinton White House lessons on spinning the facts. For example…

High Approval Ratings

ITEM: “What researchers found,” said Chairman of the Cattlemen´s Beef Board, Steve Hailey, “is that 4 out of 10 producers say they´ve never heard of the checkoff, or know very little about it.”… Read the rest