Attacks on Beef Checkoff Expanding

The R-CALF crusade against state beef councils, funded by activists, is expanding. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association calls the attacks a “disappointment to countless beef producers and NCBA members across the country.” NCBA says the allegations are without merit and continue to divide the nation’s producers. The attacks also keep beef councils from working on building demand for America’s beef products. Kendall Frazier, Chief Executive Officer of the NCBA, says regular audits of the beef checkoff and NCBA have found both to be compliant with the laws governing the checkoff. “The USDA’s Office of Inspector General has done two audits, both of which have come back clean,” Frazier says. “R-CALF has become nothing more than a front group for activits seeking to divide the industry. Their goal is to drive down beef demand and push producers out of business.” NCBA says accusations that money invested in the Federation of State Beef Councils is being misused are just as false. NCBA has demonstrated over and over again that the R-CALF attacks are being helped by groups like the Humane Society of the U.S., Food and Water Watch, Public Justice, and other activist organizations opposed to the U.S. beef industry.