Ag Groups Worry Over NCBA Structure


Several U.S. farm groups have expressed what they call “grave concerns” with how the new governance structure of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) could threaten the autonomy of the national beef checkoff.  That according a report on feedstuffs.com.

Groups including the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to look into the new NCBA structure.  One of their concerns is that the firewall that keeps checkoff funds for beef advertising and promotion separate from NCBA dues and other revenue used for industry advocacy may be compromised. NCBA has assured the USDA that their accounting practices are sound.

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