Tuesday, December 13, 2016

R-Calf kicks beef checkoff in shins

R-Calf has persuaded a Montana judge to prevent the state beef agency from collecting checkoff funds that are passed on to a national organization to promote beef.

R-Calf argued that the national promotion program does not distinguish between American and imported beef, so their money is being used to subsidize competitors.

R-Calf has been a thorn in the Canadian beef industry’s side, launching countervailing duties that cost the Canadian industry millions of dollars in lost marketing to U.S. packers and to pay lawyers and consultants to eventually win court battles against the duties.

R-Calf also lobbied long and hard for Country-of-Origin Labeling, another measure that cost Canadians billions of dollars before a final ruling from the World Trade Organization that mandatory COOL is illegal.