PRESS RELEASE: Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information,
contact ICON Executive Director Destry Brown, 308-458-2244,
or ICON president
David Wright, 402-929-0339, or Communications Director Linda Wuebben, 402-357-3778.
Concerned with NCBA Audit
The recent audit of the National Cattlemen's
Beef Association by The Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) has raised eyebrows across
the country. The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) organization is very
concerned about the misuse of funds trusted to the NCBA which is garnered from
the $1 per head mandatory Beef Checkoff Program.
The audit shows that
Beef Checkoff funds were used by NCBA for expenses that are not in line with the
policies of the CBB, who administers the Beef Checkoff funds on the national level.
The audit, conducted by a third party firm, looked at less than 1 percent of NCBA's
total budget, yet found approximately $37,000 worth of discrepancies. The CBB
has promised to look deeper into the budget with another audit and ICON strongly
supports this move.
"It is imperative that the CBB do a more extensive
audit given the violations that the first audit uncovered." said Destry Brown
Executive Director of ICON. "The producers around this State, who pay into
the mandatory Beef Checkoff program, deserve to know if a contractor is taking
advantage of them."
ICON is committed to the Beef Checkoff program
and will support any action needed to assure the producers of this State that
there is proper separation between the checkoff money and NCBA's policy division,
and that there is responsible spending of checkoff dollars.
work very hard for their money and they spend it wisely," said Brown. "It
is only appropriate that the money they pay into the mandatory Beef Checkoff program
be spent the same way, whether that is by the CBB, The Federation of State Beef
Councils, the Nebraska State Beef Council or their contractors."
ICON is also reminding Nebraska cattlemen from one end of the state to the other
they are sponsoring a bus trip, which will leave on August 26, to the USDA/DOJ
Workshop in Ft. Collins, CO, on Friday, August 27, 2010. The bus ride will be
free thanks to ICON and several sponsors and the deadline to sign up for the tour
is this upcoming Friday, August 6th. A block of 20 rooms at a rate of $79 for
two double beds have been reserved at the Best Western University Inn which is
directly across the street from Colorado State University where the workshop for
the Livestock Industry is being held.
ICON encourages livestock producers
to support this once-in-lifetime opportunity so a clear message is sent to the
USDA and Congress. There is a problem with the current market practices and it
For more info on rooms and to reserve your seat on the
bus please call Destry Brown at 308-458-2244.
Cattlemen of Nebraska
"Solid as a windmill. Always working for the independent