Roger Allison Video

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Roger Allison is a livestock and grain farmer from Howard County, MO. He has 30 years of experience with check-offs and says, “These programs are absolutely unaccountable and work against the interests of independent producers.”  Watch the rest of his discussion.  

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 […]

Larry Ginter Video

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In this video, former hog farmer Larry Ginter, of Rhodes, Iowa, discusses his experience with the pork check-off :  “The moral of the story is Big Hog took over under the guise of the pork check-off and it just didn’t pan out for me very good … so I’d be leery of any check-off.  It’s […]

Organic farmers neither want nor need an organic checkoff

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Published by Jim Goodman, Organic dairy farmer, Wonewoc, WI on Mar 8, 2015 Original Link: http://nffc.net/index.php/organic-farmers-neither-want-nor-need-an-organic-checkoff/ The “organic industry” represented by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) wants to make some money, supposedly for promoting organic food in the marketplace and for more research related to organic farming. So the go to place is the paycheck […]

Leading Wisconsin Farm Group Rejects Industry-Led “Organic Checkoff”

Leading Wisconsin Farm Group Rejects Industry-Led “Organic Checkoff” Grassroots Farmers Rebuffs “Robin Hood in Reverse” Proposal from Corporate Lobby Group CORNUCOPIA WIS: Wisconsin Farmers Union members overwhelmingly voted no on the proposed organic check-off program at their recent annual convention, held January 30-31 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The scheme, being advocated by the industry’s largest […]

What Happened When Hog Farmers Voted to End the Pork Check-off in 2001?

What Happened When Hog Farmers Voted to End the Pork Check-off in 2001? Campaign for Family Farms Columbia, Missouri USDA Rejects Hog Farmers’ Democratic Vote Cut Back Room Deal with NPPC to Keep Pork Checkoff in Place In a backroom deal announced today, the USDA agreed not to terminate the mandatory pork checkoff. USDA’s agreement, […]

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 […]