U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week he will withdraw his plan to create a second beef checkoff assessment under the 1996 generic act. Instead, the secretary said he intends to allow stakeholders participating in the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group, including NCBA, to continue seeking solutions that ensure beef promotion and research efforts are adequately funded.
 “KLA members greatly appreciate Secretary’s Vilsack’s action,” said KLA President Jaret Moyer of Emporia. “This will allow industry stakeholders to continue working together to enhance the beef checkoff program.”
 Policy approved earlier this month by members at the KLA Convention in Wichita opposes efforts to create a supplemental beef checkoff under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1996. Compared to the 1985 Beef Promotion and Research Act under which the current checkoff was formed, the 1996 act gives more control over checkoff decisions to the federal government and doesn’t allow for an effective state/national partnership. 


KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer highlights some of the policy discussed and approved by members during the recent annual convention in Wichita.