We learned today from Farm and Dairy that Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director David Daniels has signed off on an Ohio Beef Checkoff Referendum vote.
A hearing was held at ODA on Dec. 9. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Dairy Producers Association all endorsed the referendum which seeks to double the current checkoff of $1 per head of cattle to $2. OFU provided written comments opposing the increase in the checkoff.
Information about eligibility for voting and a mail-ballot can be found at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Assoc. website here. Ballots must be postmarked by March 20, 2014. In-person voting at the Ohio Dept. of Ag’s Reynoldsburg headquarters will run from March 18-20.
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is tied to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association which has taken the side of foreign beef processors and against U.S. independent livestock producers in the fight over Country of Origin Labeling.