Jul 17, 2023
Resolution supporting commodity checkoff programs garners widespread support

The National Potato Council has endorsed a congressional resolution supporting research and promotion boards known as commodity checkoff programs, such as the National Potato Promotion Board (also known as Potatoes USA).

The resolution notes the importance of research and promotion boards in developing and strengthening new and existing markets, promoting agriculture research and advancements and increasing consumer awareness of U.S.-grown commodities.

The NPC said the resolution (.pdf) is in response to introduced legislation that would “undermine the work of agricultural commodity boards. Variations of this legislation have been drafted for years and have been largely compelled by opponents of the commodity boards who disagree with their industry-funded and -led activities.”

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Barry Moore of Alabama.

“Checkoff programs have made significant, measurable strides in raising the level of demand and awareness for our farmers, ranchers and foresters’ products,” Moore said in a statement on his website. “This resolution expresses congressional support for checkoffs due to the research, education and promotion efforts they have provided to our producers.”

The resolution has been endorsed by organizations including American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, International Fresh Produce Association, American Mushroom Institute, American Sheep Industry Association, National Christmas Tree Association, National Pecan Federation, National Watermelon Association, North American Blueberry Council, and U.S. Peanut Federation.

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