The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has compiled and submitted to Congress dairy checkoff reports that had been missing since 2012. The federally mandated annual reports are required to account for dairy checkoff program activities, spending, and effectiveness. In September, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) called on USDA to hold itself accountable for dairy farmers’ checkoff tax dollars.
OCM offered the following statement regarding the submission of the reports:
“The Organization for Competitive Markets thanks the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for compiling and submitting the dairy checkoff reports following our request that the missing reports be submitted to Congress. Over the coming weeks we will review those reports to ensure dairy farmers have the transparency they deserve in the checkoff program. We once again ask that USDA release the financial and audit documents related to the beef checkoff program, which we have been seeking for the past five years.”
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