For three years, the Beef Checkoff Working Group has been meeting to discuss reforming the Checkoff program. The group is made up of beef industry stakeholders but, as we learned this week, one of them is thinking about leaving. Roger Johnson is the President of the National Farmers Union.
The recommendation to leave the Working Group, Johnson says, is coming from the National Farmers Union Legislative Committee. The decision will now go before the NFU Board which meets early in September. Along with wanting to separate the policy organization from the Checkoff, the National Farmers Union has other suggestions for reform
Johnson says that there is also the belief that the Beef Checkoff should be fully refundable
Lastly, Johnson says that the NFU believes that there should be a referendum of the Checkoff at least every five years to make sure that the program is operating as it should