Legislation has been reintroduced in both the U.S. House and Senate that would reform the federal checkoff programs. The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 741 & H.R. 1753, would prohibit lobbying, rein in conflicts of interest, and stop 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. The Voluntary Checkoff Act, S. 740 & H.R. 1752, would ensure no farmer or rancher is forced to pay fees into programs that do not promote their market segment.
Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor this important legislation. If your members of Congress are already cosponsors, please thank them for their support for family farm agriculture.
Current cosponsors include:
SENATE COSPONSORS: Mike Lee (R-UT) (OFF & Voluntary), Cory Booker (D-NJ) (OFF), Rand Paul (R-KY) (OFF)
HOUSE COSPONSORS: Dave Brat (R-VA-7) (OFF & Voluntary), Earl Blumenhauer (D-OR-3) (OFF), Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29) (OFF & Voluntary), David Cicciline (D-RI-1) (OFF), Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) (Voluntary), Dina Titus (D-NV-1) (OFF), Thomas Massie (R-KY-04) (Voluntary), Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT-01) (OFF), Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) (OFF)
Hi, my name is _________, and I’m a constituent of (Representative or Senator) ___________.
I’m calling to ask him/her to cosponsor 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 ask him/her to cosponsor the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act and the Voluntary Checkoff Act.
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