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Kansas Ranchers Rebel Against Beef Checkoff Program

Kansas rancher David Pfrang is one of thousands of small beef producers challenging the oversight of the multimillion dollar “beef checkoff” fund, which is used to promote the beef industry. (Photo Courtesy of Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star)

It seemed like a good idea for the beef business: cattlemen wanted to raise money to promote their product. So a law was passed and everyone chipped in. Billions of dollars later, a couple of Kansas cowboys are raising questions – and commotion – about the program. As Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports, their cries are as old as the Boston Tea Party: “taxation without representation.”


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Kansas Cowboys Rebel Against Beef Checkoff Program

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