June 7, 2013
More than 40 national and state commodity associations sent letters to Chairman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Thad Cochran of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry reiterating their strong support for the various federally authorized research and promotion programs, commonly known as checkoffs.
"During consideration of the Farm Bill, we urge you to oppose amendments that will negatively impact these programs, which are established and approved in referenda by producers who fund the programs with their own money," stated the signators.
With oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, producers have taken it upon themselves to fund over $905 million of research, promotion and consumer education programs annually through checkoff activities at no cost to the federal government. In these austere budgetary times, agricultural producers should be commended and certainly deserve the support of Congress.