The U.S. District Court of Montana has ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in a legal battle over the beef promotion and research checkoff program. R-CALF USA wanted the beef checkoff declared unconstitutional in 15 states, arguing the program is a violation of the First Amendment. To no one’s surprise, R-CALF does not support the ruling and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association called it a major victory.
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