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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced

Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To prohibit certain practices relating to certain commodity promotion programs, to require greater transparency by those programs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
03/28/2017 Introduced in House

All Actions (2)

Date
03/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/28/2017 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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House Agriculture03/28/2017 Referred to

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Subjects (9)

  • Agricultural marketing and promotion
  • Agricultural research
  • Business records
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Congressional oversight
  • Government information and archives
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Public participation and lobbying

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Introduced in House (03/28/2017)

Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017

This bill establishes restrictions and requirements for checkoff programs, which are programs overseen by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote and provide research and information for a particular agricultural commodity without reference to specific producers or brands.

The bill prohibits boards established to carry out a checkoff program or a USDA order issued under a checkoff program from entering into a contract or agreement to carry out program activities with a party that engages in activities to influence any government policy or action that relates to agriculture.

A board or its employees or agents acting in their official capacity may not engage in any:

  • act that may involve a conflict of interest;
  • anticompetitive activity;
  • unfair or deceptive act or practice; or
  • act that may be disparaging to, or in any way negatively portray, another agricultural commodity or product.

Upon approval of USDA, a board may enter directly into contracts and agreements to carry out generic promotion, research, or other activities authorized by law if the agreement or contract requires records accounting for the funds received to be submitted to the board.

The board must meet specified requirements regarding the publication of budgets and disbursements of funds.

The USDA Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office must conduct specified audits regarding checkoff programs.