beef check-off Embezzlement Probe Adds to Questions about Oversight of Federal Beef Promotion Program By Joe Wertz • Feb 27, 2017 Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma On a brisk and busy January morning at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, cattle arrive for auction in trailers pulled by pickup trucks — and leave in double-decker cars towed by semis. State Beef Checkoffs Creating a Rift in Cattle Country By Kristofor Husted • Mar 28, 2016 Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media Charles Bassett wants you to buy hamburgers made from his Missouri cows. That’s why the Missouri rancher wants to pay an extra dollar into an industry-created fund every time he sells one of his cattle. Plan Calls for Beef Checkoff Fee to Double By Peggy Lowe • Jan 22, 2015 Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media Cattle producers may get a chance to vote on whether they want to double the increasingly controversial $1 beef checkoff charge. Ranchers Rebel over Beef Check-off By Peggy Lowe & Mike McGraw • Jan 20, 2015 Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle, and a lot of Cain.