The Farmer Fair Practices Rules include two proposed rules and one interim rule. The two proposed rules address tournament payment systems and issues of undue preference. The interim final rule clarifies language in the Packers and Stockyards Act that eliminates the need for producers to provide proof of competitive injury to the entire industry in order to file a complaint.
Following the announcement, USCA President Kenny Graner commented:
“USCA commends Secretary Vilsack for advancing the rulemaking process of GIPSA’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules. These common sense clarifications protect U.S. ranchers and cattle feeders from anti-competitive buying practices and help to advance true price discovery in a competitive marketplace. USCA will submit official comments on the rules once they are made available.”
Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development. For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org