Lawsuit seeks to stop voting process on proposed Missouri beef checkoff

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center is suing the Missouri Department of Agriculture for the referendum process on a proposed state beef checkoff. The lawsuit was filed in Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City.

Program Director Rhonda Perry said the process disenfranchises some voters and discourages cattle producers from registering and voting. Perry also claims the Ag Department has refused to hold public rulemaking for determining how to conduct the election.

A vote among producers, scheduled for April, would determine whether to establish a $1.00 per head beef checkoff in addition to the national checkoff.  That money would be spent to increase demand through research, education and promotion. Perry said the current drop in cattle prices makes it the wrong time to add another tax to beef producers.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture said it cannot comment on pending litigation.

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