USCA: USDA Must Intervene w/ Beef Checkoff


Two weeks ago Northern Ag Network reported that  charges of misconduct had been brought upon the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  They dealt with misconduct in the areas of breach of fiduciary duty, leaks of confidential documents, aggressive lobbying and eavesdropping.

For more details, please read “NCBA Charges CBB with Misconduct.”

That last charge of eavesdropping was especially specific to actions by Tom Raney, then CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.  Ramey admitted that he had listened in on phone calls on numerous occasions and had been ordered to write apology letters and take a leave of absence.  Then last week he resigned.

For more details, please read “Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO Resigns.”

On Friday, Jon Wooster, President of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association wrote a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack stating that he believed that the public controversy surrounding the national, mandatory Beef Checkoff program has escalated to a point where the USDA must intervene.  You can read his letter HERE.


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Haylie Shipp


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