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GIPSA Rule Takes Hot Seat at House Subcommittee Hearing

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:50:16 CDT

The House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock met Tuesday to review livestock and related USDA programs ahead of the 2012 Farm Bill. Subcommittee Chair David Scott says the hearing was a productive one - allowing members to explore in depth a wide array of issues with the department. He says it also brought several issues to light that require more thorough investigation in the future. According to Ranking Member Randy Neugebauer, fair and transparent markets are necessary for orderly commerce between producers, packers, processors, retailers and consumers. But he says the policy process must be fair and transparent as well - so the path of good intentions does not lead to the land of unintended consequences.

Neugebauer is disappointed that the comment period on the GIPSA rule announced last month is only 60 days and will close before the USDA/DOJ workshops on the subject are completed. He joined 21 of his colleagues to request a 120 day extension.

USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos was the primary witness Tuesday. He says joined by administrators from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Agricultural Marketing Service and Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration.


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