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Beef Producers Reject Checkoff Increase

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Minnesota's beef producers have rejected a proposed increase in the check-off fees they pay for research and promotion.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says 63 percent of the voting producers opposed the proposal, while 37 percent voted for it.

The current $1 per head check-off fee supports the state and federal beef councils and will remain in effect.

Half of the fee supports the state council and the other half supports the national beef check-off.

Minnesota's legislative auditor last month called for greater oversight and transparency for the state's 13 farmer-elected agricultural research and promotional councils.