Kan. Rancher Drops Lawsuit Over Beef Checkoff

By: AP (Posted By Michael Moore)
By: AP (Posted By Michael Moore)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A northwest Kansas rancher has dropped a lawsuit claiming the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is illegally using ``beef checkoff'' funds for lobbying.

St. Francis feed yard operator Michael Callicrate filed a notice of voluntary dismissal Thursday in federal court in Kansas.

Callicrate sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other entities seeking a court order prohibiting any beef promotion program dollars from going to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

His legal move comes a week after the Agriculture Department's Office of Inspector General released a report finding no evidence that the association board's activities did not comply with legislation.

The inspector general's office said it examined more than a thousand invoices amounting to more than $20.5 million in reimbursement payments from the beef checkoff fund.


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