Complaints arose more than once from some producers about what they believe is an inadequate firewall between the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Cattlemen's Beef Board as far as spending of checkoff dollars is concerned. The latter entity administers much of the 50-cent share of state beef checkoff dollars that go outside the states.
Concerns about spending of checkoff dollars at the national, even the international level, are not new, and those raising the concerns may not be in the mood for a new state checkoff which would allocate funds to programs not only in Nebraska but also to national organizations for promotion and education.
Cattlemen also expressed concerns about administration costs and staffing for a new checkoff.
But whatever your position, let it be known to the Nebraska Cattlemen Task Force. They want your input before making a decision.
Some good reasons are being offered for more checkoff dollars. But there also are valid questions about the process of a state checkoff and how those new monies would be spent.