Oklahoma Checkoff Vote Stirs Controversy

Oklahoma Checkoff Vote Stirs Controversy

Bovine Veterinarian

Early voting on Oklahoma’s secondary beef checkoff program began Monday, and with it an aggressive campaign to undermine the program and influence voters by planting seeds of doubt. Oklahoma is attempting to establish a producer-funded and managed, state-level promotion, marketing, research and education program for beef and beef products. To do so, producers are asked to vote on a state-wide assessment of $1 per head when an animal changes ownership, all of which is refundable on request. That $1 assessment would be in addition to the $1 national beef checkoff program already in place.

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