The federal district court in Montana granted R-CALF USA’s motion to expand its beef checkoff program lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include at least 13 states in addition to Montana. If R-CALF USA’s lawsuit is successful, cattle producers in Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin may be required to sign a form before their state beef council can retain 50 cents of their federal $1 Checkoff.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA) said the action is a “disappointment to countless beef producers and NCBA members across America.”
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