OCM’s Press Conference of OFF ACT to reform USDA’s Runaway Checkoff Program, Washington, D.C. – June 30, 2021

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OCM’s Press Conference of OFF ACT to reform USDA’s Runaway Checkoff Program, Washington, D.C. – June 30, 2021

The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act will bring much-needed accountability and transparency to USDA’s checkoff programs which have operated without sufficient oversight for far too long,” said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. “Family farmers should not be forced to pay into organizations that sometimes lobby against their interests and threaten animal welfare.”  “The USDA’s Checkoff Program was supposed to ensure American farmers of all sizes could promote their products across the nation and across the globe,” said Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C. “For years now, small farmers have seen their hard-earned money used to fund the lobbying efforts of massive, multi-billion-dollar agriculture conglomerates. This program has devolved from producing ‘Got milk?’ ads to creating taxpayer-funded lobbying firms, and it needs to stop.”  Attached please find Youtube links to the speakers and their topics:

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. (Click here) 

Mike Irby, OCM Director (Click here)

Dave Wright, OCM Director (Click here)

Fred Stokes, OCM Director, Past President (Click here)

Taylor Haynes, OCM Director (Click here)

Vaughn Meyer, OCM President (Click here)

Mike Eby, OCM Executive Director (Click here)

OTHER SPEAKERS:

Mike Schultz, OCM Director – “McCool” (Click here)

David Wright – OCM Director
“The 3 C’s – Checkoff, Cool and Concentration” (Click here)

 

A copy of the 2021 OFF-Act legislation can be found here.

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