Check out the pork checkoff by checking out: http://www. flaginc.org/topics/news/checkoff/index.php. In 1998, the Campaign for Family Farms initiated a national petition drive calling for a hog farmer referendum to decide if the mandatory pork checkoff should be ended. That led to a vote conducted by the USDA in August and September of 2000 in which more than 30,000 U.S. hog producers voted 53% ti 47% to terminate the program. Following the announcement of the vote results in January 2001, then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman ordered the termination of the program.”
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