Sen. Lee Introduces The Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Thursday, July 14, 2016

*Sen. Lee Introduces The Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act*

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Voluntary Check-Off
Program Participation Act Wednesday, a bill that give would give farmers
and ranchers the freedom not to participate in Department of Agriculture
check-off programs.

“If farmers and ranchers want to get together and pool their resources to
better promote their products, then that is the free market at its best,”
Lee said. “But as soon as the power of the federal government is used to
force people into a program they do not want to participate in, then that
is crony capitalism at its worst.”

Check-off programs are funded through compulsory fees on producers of milk,
eggs, beef, and a multitude of other agricultural products. The programs
and associated boards regularly receive criticism for their lack of
transparency, apparent conflicts of interest, misuse of their power,
anticompetitive behavior, and other related issues.

The Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act would allow farmers and
ranchers to participate in check-off programs if they desire to while
ending the tax on those producers who would prefer not to participate in
these programs.

You can read the full text of the bill here

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*Communications Director*
Conn Carroll
Conn_Carroll@lee.senate.gov
202-224-5444

*Press Secretary*
Emily Long
Emily_Long@lee.senate.gov
202-224-3904

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