Big Beef Targets Virginia Ranchers With Bigger Checkoff Tax

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Photo from unitedsoybean on Flickr. Virginia State Senator A. Benton Chafin last week introduced a bill that would significantly hike “checkoff” taxes that cattle growers in the state must pay. The move follows efforts in other states—including recently in Oklahoma—to increase or introduce state-level checkoff taxes, which are charged in addition to the $1 per head tax collected […]

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Big Beef Seeks to Expand its Tax on Oklahoma Ranchers​

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Photo from oskarlin on Flickr.  Big Ag is back on the offensive in Oklahoma, less than a year after voters defeated a bill that would have stripped the state’s residents of their ability to regulate corporate farming. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association wants ranchers to pay an additional $1 tax per head of cattle sold in the […]

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Independent Ranchers Take New Tack in Fight Against Pro-Big Beef Checkoff​

Posted Leah Douglas Checkoff Programs, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from flickr user nicholas_t. The most recent attack by American ranchers on the Department of Agriculture’s beef checkoff tax reached a federal court two weeks ago. The suit, filed by the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF), challenges how the checkoff program operates in Montana. But the outcome of the case could reshape how the […]

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Got Organic?

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This article was originally published in Slate Magazine. Image courtesy of City of St. Pete/Flickr. “Got Milk?” “Pork: The Other White Meat.” “The Incredible Edible Egg.” “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner.” For years, these familiar slogans have highlighted the importance of American kitchen staples. What better represents the American way of eating than a glass of milk with […]

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