Legislation has been reintroduced in both the U.S. House and Senate that would reform the checkoff programs by prohibiting lobbying, reining in conflicts of interest, and stopping anti-competitive activities that harm other commodities and consumers. It would also force checkoff programs to publish their budgets and undergo periodic audits so that farmers and ranchers know where their hard-earned money is going.
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All politicians want to get reelected. Your phone call will be answered by either an intern or staff member, but they will make a note of your call and use it to understand what is important to the politician’s voters. Your phone call matters, and many phone calls can change a politician’s vote.
The key to calling a politician’s office is to keep it short and sweet.
- Who are you?
- What do you want?
- Why is this important?
Hi, my name is _________, and I’m a constituent of (Representative or Senator) ___________.
I’m calling to support the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act and the Voluntary Checkoff Act, which would reform the commodity checkoff programs.
Right now, the checkoff programs are rife with abuse and mismanagement, and this legislation would help restore opportunity for U.S. family farmers and ranchers.
Again, I’m calling to support the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act and the Voluntary Checkoff Act.
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