Free Speech and Prohibited Messaging: The Limits to Promotional Activities for Federal Check-off Money

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The suggestion that organic check-off funds will be used to promote organics is one of the biggest arguments the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is using in their attempt to convince the organic community that their check-off proposal is a good idea. However, as experience with other commodity check-off programs has demonstrated, there are severe restrictions […]

Unconstitutional Farm Checkoffs – New York Times Editorial

Unconstitutional Farm Checkoffs New York Times Editorial November 1, 2003 One of the major battles in American farming in the past few years concerns the fees collected from farmers to pay for generic advertising like the familiar ”Got Milk?” and ”Pork: The Other White Meat” campaigns. The so-called checkoffs are mandated by the federal Agriculture […]