Legislation known as the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act would reform the commodity checkoff programs. “It would really make changes in our checkoff program as well as other commodity groups,” said Julie Ellingson, executive vice president, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. The OFF Act is sponsored by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Utah Senator Mike Lee. Ellingson said these lawmakers haven’t been supportive of animal agriculture in the past. The checkoff reform proposal was just one of many topics addressed during the NDSA spring roundups. The series of six roundup events brought members together at a district level.
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