• The National Cattlemen's Beef Association announced Tuesday that 45 cattlemen’s associations don’t want USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff.

    Vilsack has said he is considering the supplemental checkoff under his authority under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. The threats have come after a working group has failed to bring forth any proposals for reworking the Beef Checkoff.

    NCBA President Bob McCan stated, “Our state affiliates sent a clear message to the Secretary that they do not want a supplemental checkoff under the 1996 Act.”

  • Oregon residents should be prepared for a mail onslaught now that ballots for the November election have gone into the mail.

    Besides the Senate and Governors race there are some very high profile issues on the ballot as well including marijuana legalization and a labeling requirement for genetically engineered foods.

    The election is slated for November 4th.