Supreme Court says beef checkoff does not violate free speech rights

Laws, Forrest
June 2005
Southeast Farm Press;6/15/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 16, p22
Trade Publication
The article reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that requiring producers to contribute to the Beef Checkoff Program is not a violation of their right to free speech. The ruling removed a cloud that had threatened the future of checkoff funds for other agricultural products. In a 6-3 vote, the Court upheld the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985, overturning lower court decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for South Dakota, which ruled the law unconstitutional.


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