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CHECKOFF Debate: All the news, views and comments (updated 9th Feb.).

by 5m Editor
1 February 2001, at 12:00am

As an aid to those who are unable to keep up to date daily on the Checkoff developments, we have pulled all the news articles into one document for easy reference. This document will be updated weekly to reflect any new articles that appear. Note these articles are also available throughout the News Section on a daily basis.

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Friday, February 09, 2001 :
Hog farmers fear loss of Checkoff program
The loss of a national pork advertising program would leave some farmers without a way to promote their product and speak with a unified voice, some pork producers in Ohio said Thursday. Friday, February 02, 2001 :
Judge postpones hearing on Checkoff lawsuit
A federal judge has postponed a hearing in a lawsuit filed by pork producers who don't want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to end its $54 million pork-checkoff program Friday, February 02, 2001 :
Illinois pork group looking at new funding for promotions
With the recent vote to end the nationwide pork checkoff, Illinois producers are faced with deciding the future of their organization. Tuesday, January 30, 2001 :
Pork producers still owe checkoff money
When the National Pork Producers Council and others were recently awarded a temporary restraining order prohibiting USDA from publishing a rule to end the Pork Checkoff program. Thursday, January 25, 2001 :
Checkoff issues persist for Iowa Pork Producers
The gap between large and small hog producers will widen following the defeat of the national pork checkoff, delegates to the Iowa Pork Producers Association's annual meeting in Des Moines were told Tuesday. Wednesday, January 24, 2001 :
Pork Board looking for new sources of funding
Iowa pork producer and member of the National Pork Board, Tom Floy today told delegates gathered in Des Moines a few details of what the end of the Pork Checkoff may mean for producers. Monday, January 22, 2001 :
N. Dakota Pork Council stops in-state promotion, research
The board of directors of the North Dakota Pork Producers Council has voted to stop all in-state promotion and research efforts. Monday, January 22, 2001 :
Iowa was key in pork checkoff defeat
Iowans were upset with the National Pork Producers Council, rather than pork promotion as sixty percent of Iowa pork producers voted against the national pork checkoff. Monday, January 22, 2001 :
Judge Rules For Pork Producers in Checkoff battle
Pork producers cleared the first hurdle in their legal battle to overturn USDA's decision to terminate the pork checkoff. Saturday, January 20, 2001 :
Effect of checkoff defeat weighed
To a number of people, defeat of the pork checkoff means democracy works. To those who believe the checkoff worked for all producers, it is a matter of concern. Friday, January 19, 2001 :
US Pork Promotion Could Plummet
The votes have been counted, and we have a winner. Or is it a loser? When it was announced that the nation's pork producers had decided to abandon the national checkoff for pork, there were both cheers and jeers. Friday, January 19, 2001 :
Pork Producers Sue USDA
A coalition of pork producers has sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture after thousands of the nation's hog farmers voted to end the government's $54 million pork-checkoff program. Wednesday, January 17, 2001 :
Checkoff Report, Commentary and State by State results
This weeks regular US Swine industry economics report by Ron Plain looks closely at the Checkoff results and what conclusions can be drawn. Wednesday, January 17, 2001 :
Pork program down, but not yet out
Members of the Illinois Pork Producers board are meeting today in Springfield to talk about the future of the advertising campaign "pork, the other white meat." Farmers say the program was defeated nationally for good reason. Monday, January 15, 2001 :
Fight continues - Checkoff supporters consider options
The national pork checkoff, generator of $1 million a week for pork promoters, went down to defeat in Nebraska by a margin of more than 58 percent to 42 percent. Friday, January 12, 2001 :
NPPC: Pork Checkoff Termination - Producers to sue
"We are deeply disappointed and very concerned by USDA's announcement regarding the pork checkoff referendum," said Craig Jarolimek, National Pork Producers Council president. Friday, January 12, 2001 :
Pork Check-off Victory Positions Farmers Well In Upcoming Fight Over New Farm Bill
Farm Aid President Willie Nelson joined independent pork producers and other family farmers in claiming victory in the fight to end the mandatory check-off tax imposed on the nation's hog producers. Thursday, January 11, 2001 :
US Pork Checkoff to be terminated
In a press release the Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman has confirmed that following the referendum results, Pork Checkoff will be terminated.