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USDA fails to issue dairy checkoff reports

Failure fuels calls for increased transparency in checkoff programs across different industries.

According to federal law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary is responsible for submitting annual reports to Congress accounting for dairy checkoff activities and spending, including an independent analysis of the effectiveness of the program. However, since 2012, USDA has failed to prepare and file the federally mandated annual reports.

The annual dairy checkoff reports for 2012 and earlier had useful information about checkoff program activities and business partnerships,

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