Federal Farm Promotion ("Check-Off") Programs

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This report discusses the so-called
beef check-off program, one of a number of generic promotion programs for beef and
other agricultural products that Congress has authorized in recent decades. Supporters
view check-offs as economically beneficial self-help activities that need minimal
government involvement or taxpayer funding. Producers, handlers, and/or importers are
required to pay an assessment, usually deducted from revenue at time of sale — thus the
name check-off. However, some farmers contend they are being “taxed” for advertising
and related activities they would not underwrite voluntarily.

Creator(s): Becker, Geoffrey S
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: May 24, 2005
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Becker, Geoffrey S

Specialist in Agricultural Policy

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: May 24, 2005
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United States
Description:

This report discusses the so-called
beef check-off program, one of a number of generic promotion programs for beef and
other agricultural products that Congress has authorized in recent decades. Supporters
view check-offs as economically beneficial self-help activities that need minimal
government involvement or taxpayer funding. Producers, handlers, and/or importers are
required to pay an assessment, usually deducted from revenue at time of sale — thus the
name check-off. However, some farmers contend they are being “taxed” for advertising
and related activities they would not underwrite voluntarily.

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5 Pages.

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