The federal district court in Montana has granted a to expand its beef checkoff lawsuit against the USDA to include at least 13 states in addition to Montana.
Attacks on the checkoff is only weakening the beef industry , says John Robinson, vice president of Membership and Communications, National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Some 13 years later, tensions remain high over America’s beef checkoff, with a new legal challenge that seeks to deliver a crippling blow to the state beef councils in 15 states.
Cattle producer Kate Miller says attorney David Muraskin’s reply falls short of the fact-based analysis she seeks.
Discussions about how the beef checkoff serves it's members continue to divide the cattle industry.
Attacks against the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) and the Organization of Competitive Markets (OCM) are called “desperate” and “coordinated,” says David Muraskin.