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Published April 02, 2014, 02:33 PM

Minn. beef check-off increase rejected

On April 1, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced results of the proposed referendum by the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council that sought to increase the existing beef check-off by an additional dollar per head. Sixty three percent (960) of the 1,525 voting producers voted against the referendum with just thirty-seven percent (564) voting in favor.

By: Agweek staff report,

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — On April 1, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced results of the proposed referendum by the Minnesota Beef Research and Promotion Council that sought to increase the existing beef check-off by an additional dollar per head. Sixty three percent (960) of the 1,525 voting producers voted against the referendum with just thirty-seven percent (564) voting in favor.

Passage of the referendum would have increased what Minnesota cattle producers are required to pay through the beef check-off by a full dollar — an expected collection of nearly $700,000 per year. This would have been in addition to the mandatory one dollar per head check-off currently collected on cattle sold in the state.

The rejection by Minnesota cattle producers to shoulder another one dollar per head in check-off remittance puts to rest the issue for at least a full year. According to Minnesota Administrative Rules, if a referendum fails the MDA commissioner is prohibited from issuing another referendum on any promotional order on the same agricultural commodity until one year has elapsed.

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