With a number of groups and individuals calling either for a 120-day extension of the comment period on the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's proposed livestock rule or no extension, USDA compromised. The comment period will be extended for an additional 90 days.
"While it's unfortunate USDA didn't extend the comment period for a full 120 days as we requested, we're pleased that stakeholders will have some additional time to further analyze this complex rule and its potential implications on the beef sector, which is the largest segment of the food and fiber industry," said National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall.
The rule was published in the Federal Register June 18. Since then NCBA, the National Pork Producers Association, several members of Congress and numerous other groups have been lobbying for an extension of 120 days on the comment period.
On the other hand several groups including R-Calf, the Organization for Competitive Markets and the National Farmers Union have expressed opposition to an extension beyond the original 60 days.
The extension means comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until Nov. 22. Comments can be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. There is also a fact sheet and other information about the rule on the GIPSA Web page at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/.