For information on Checkoff
-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff
Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.
8220;What makes check-off giving so wonderful is the ease in which Coloradoans can donate to worthy local charities,” said Jon Pushkin, spokesman for Checkoff
USDA proposed the second checkoff
program following several years of reportedly unproductive discussions by a working group that was established to reform the current program.
Under the Hardwood Checkoff
proposal, funding for the program would come from sawmills producers and kiln-operating facilities with annual sales in excess of $2 million.
based organization is responsible for leading the push for the checkoff
The failure of USB leaders to take decisive action on these particular matters is indicative of how USB is no longer accountable and responsive to the very soybean farmers who are paying funds into the checkoff
program," Hoffman said.
Once an agreement expires, continuing a dues checkoff
would be illegal.
Lawmakers say they like the popular programs because it can be easier to get approval for a checkoff
than to get support for a new cause that requires general fund money.
The initiative in Maine would be funded by state-office budget cuts, lobbying registration fees, and a voluntary checkoff
on state income-tax forms.
The wildlife tax checkoff
idea began in the West--Colorado started it a decade ago.
Trybe Targeting, in conjunction with The Beef Checkoff
Program and Bull Outdoor Products, is launching the American GrillMaster Experience at Sam's Club Fan Zones across the country, where Sam's Club members can learn how to become the master of the backyard grill.
The nation's beef producers have been unable over the past three years to arrive at a consensus regarding how their industry's checkoff
program should be structured, so Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he would create a parallel program unless beef producers quickly close ranks and find an acceptable alternative.