Senators Support Proposed USDA Rules Clarifying GIPSA

Letter draws support from NFU.

Published on: Aug 16, 2010

Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa and 20 other Senators wrote a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday stating support for USDA's action on proposing new regulations to clarify and strengthen the protections afforded by the Packers and Stockyards Act for livestock producers, swine production contract growers and poultry growers. The proposed rule responds to an order in the 2008 Farm Bill to explain how the protections in the Act apply to livestock and poultry marketing and contract production and growing arrangements.

Harkin says action in the 2008 Farm Bill and the proposed rule are designed to clarify the protections and the prohibited actions under GIPSA so producers and growers receive fair, equitable and nondiscriminatory treatment in marketing and contracting arrangements involving livestock and poultry. He says it's critically important that final rules account for the practical realities of livestock and poultry markets and contract arrangements, so he encourages all interested parties to take advantage of the extended comment period regarding the proposed regulations.

The National Farmers Union applauds the 21 Senators who signed the letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in regard to the proposed rule by USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. NFU President Roger Johnson says the establishment of greater stability through transparency in the marketplace is of utmost importance for the future of the livestock industry in the United States.

Go to www.gipsa.usda.gov for information on the rule.