12-13-16 USCA Urges Action on Farmer Fair Practices Rules; Outlines Priorities for Next Administration



USCA Urges Action on Farmer Fair Practices Rules; Outlines Priorities for Next Administration

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent letters this week to the current and incoming Administrations regarding U.S. cattle producers’ priorities for both the coming weeks and years ahead. USCA’s focus remains on continuing work currently underway as the transition process looms and ensuring producers’ voices are heard as one Administration caps its term and a new one begins.

USCA issued an immediate request to President Barack Obama to continue work on restoring basic market protections for U.S. cattle producers.  Late this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated the rulemaking process for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The two proposed rules, and one interim rule, were sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for approval. In its letter, USCA asks the Administration to move forward with publishing the rules for public comment.

USCA also outlined a list of priority issues to be addressed by the incoming Administration.  In its letter to President-Elect Donald Trump, USCA requests a swift and seamless transition, as to account for producers and the livestock industry which will continue its work regardless of the Inauguration.

USCA Marketing Committee Chairman Allan Sents commented on the letters’ focus:

“USCA stressed the importance for both Administrations to consider the current state of the U.S. livestock industry in the transition process.”

“The Farmer Fair Practices rule initiated and lead by the current Administration 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. Releasing this interim final rule would be an important step towards creating true price discovery and leveling the playing field for all U.S. cattle producers.”

“The incoming Administration must in turn take up these efforts to ensure necessary revisions and enhancements are completed and that additional issue areas within the industry are addressed.  Work must continue during the transition process to help restore and maintain stability in the U.S. livestock marketplace.”

USCA’s letters may be found here.

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding 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.