Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is encouraging USDA to allow the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration to employ attorneys that would report to the agency administrator directly. With involvement in putting cases together and prosecuting them Grassley says GIPSA attorneys would have a greater vested interest in seeing the case through to completion.
According to Grassley, the "lackadaisical attitude from the Office of General Counsel" in prosecuting possible anti-competitive practices gives producers little confidence and has resulted in decisions not to file complaints. He supports actions to toughen anti-competitive enforcement, which he says will result in a more level playing field for livestock producers.
"The more cases that are prosecuted, even if lost, will help the agency begin to regain its credibility," Grassley said.