The following article is from the Associated Press:
A House committee has endorsed a bill allowing Wyoming cattle growers to be assessed an additional $1 per head of cattle to help fund beef promotion programs.
House Bill 16 passed the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday on a 5-4 vote. It now goes to the full House for debate.
The bill would create a state beef checkoff system that would be authorized to raise money to promote and increase demand for beef in Wyoming.
Proponents say the fee would likely be set at 50 cents or 25 cents instead of $1.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming cattle growers have been assessed $1 per head since the 1970s under state law, raising about $960,000 a year. But half that money goes to the national Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
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