Letter: Independent cattlemen finally represented at checkoff hearing

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Have you ever gone to the polls and voted on an issue then come to find out it’s not exactly how it was explained to you?  That’s how the Ohio Beef Marketing Plan is.

On Dec. 13, I traveled to the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg to deliver testimony on why the Ohio Beef Marketing plan needed to be eliminated. Five people attended as the public information was only listed on the ODA website, even the Ohio Beef Council which collects the tax and spends it didn’t have a public post or notice about the meeting, probably for fear of cattlemen like myself showing up and asking questions like “Why aren’t we promoting Ohio Beef?”

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