Measure in appropriations bill would threaten checkoff programs
Posted on Aug 22, 2023 at 20:00 PM
An amendment to H.R. 4368 (The Agriculture, Rural Develoopment, Food and Drug Administration and Related Appropriations Act of 2024) would prevent checkoff programs from being administered by the USDA.
Georgia Farm Bureau is encouraging its members to voice opposition to the amendment, which was introduced by Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Indiana).
These programs are vital to the success and longevity of agriculture in the United States. GFB is asking for help to ensure that Georgia’s congressional delegation is aware of the importance of checkoffs to the future of agriculture in Georgia.
GFB maintains that this amendment is simply an attempt to disrupt agricultural prosperity. Checkoff programs are managed by producers elected by their peers, functioning under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and are funded solely by the producers of a commodity--not taxpayer dollars. The money willingly paid straight from the pockets of producers is used for marketing of commodities, educating consumers on their benefits, and funding of research to advance production practices. Checkoff-funded programs ensure consumers continue supporting American farmers while also supplying the country with the highest quality products and preserving farmers' way of life for future generations.
Individuals can contact their representatives in Congress through the GFB Public Policy Action Center at https://www.gfb.org/advocacy/action-center.cms#/.