GIPSA Rule May Limit Pork Producer Market Options

US - A long awaited proposed rule announced on Friday, 18 May, by the US Department of Agriculture may limit pork producers’ options in selling pigs to processors, according to the National Pork Producers Council, which is carefully reviewing the proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act contained in the 2008 Farm Bill.
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Among numerous changes to the law, the proposed rule, which will be published today, June 22, would redefine what constitute an “undue or unreasonable preference or advantage“ in a livestock contract.

“NPPC is carefully reviewing the proposal because we don’t want to see producer marketing options limited by overly broad government regulations that negatively impact pork producers’ bottom line,“ said NPPC President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa.

The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) will consider comments on the proposed rule until 23 August 2010.

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