The Pork Checkoff
funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management.
com)-- A diverse group of Colorado nonprofit organizations eligible for voluntary check-off donations from taxpayers has joined forces for the 13th annual Checkoff
USDA has dropped a proposal to institute a second beef checkoff
program because of report language in the fiscal 2015 spending package that directs the department to do so.
The Hardwood Checkoff
Blue Ribbon Committee submitted revisions to the proposed program that would limit the scope of eligible products while including export sales and yellow poplar.
The idea for a checkoff
program catering to the organic sector has been bandied about for several years; however, the concept seems to have gained more steam recently.
ASA President John Hoffman says the allegations include: 1) the improper and wasteful expenditure of both checkoff
and federal funds; 2) potential evasion of mandated salary and administrative spending caps by USB; 3)conflicts of interests at the United Soybean Board, which oversees the checkoff
program; 4) use of checkoff
funds for prohibited purposes by USB; and 5) wasteful and excessive spending by USB.
The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff
to maximize profit opportunities for all U.
FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY CHECKOFF
LIST (see text)
In return, the politicians acquiesce to union demands for a union shop and the dues checkoff
But even though states keep adding checkoff
programs, taxpayer generosity is waning.
All the funds are raised through the voluntary checkoff
on the federal income-tax form.
As you complete the state form, look for a checkoff
box to donate monies to your state's nongame or endangered wildlife program.