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Corrupt USDA conspired to funnel hundreds of millions in taxpayer money to beef industry lobbyist

September 5, 2012
J. D. Heyes
9/3/2012

It may be hard to associate “corruption” with a U.S. government agency (insert dripping sarcasm here), but it’s true: Sometimes those stewards of our tax dollars don’t spend them very wisely.

At least, that’s what cattleman and rancher advocate Michael Callicrate is alleging in a federal suit he has filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which he says illegally funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to beef industry lobbyists.

Callicrate also named USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, as well as the Centennial, Colorado-based Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and Beef Promotion Operating Committee, and the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, reported Courthouse News Service.

Callicrate is the owner of Ranch Foods Direct, a Colorado Springs-based “meat packing facility and local farmer’s retail market delivering healthful, high quality, naturally tender meats and foods to consumers direct from the ranch,” according to the company’s website.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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