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Largest Farm Groups React to Extension

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 17:51:03 CDT

The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased the Agriculture Department's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has extended its comment period by 90 days on its Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rule. Like other organizations - AFBF initially requested a 120-day extension to better analyze the economic and legal impacts of the rule on producers. But National Farmers Union is disappointed and calls the 90-day extension excessive.

NFU President Roger Johnson says extending the comment period gives leverage for packers to offer lower prices to producers as a fear mechanism. Johnson adds that while USDA is taking a step in the right direction with this rule - the process needs to be expedited instead of slowed down.

Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman points out that the rule's regulatory changes will impact each operation differently. The impact will vary depending on the type of animal produced on an operation, the ways the producer markets his or her product and the location of a producer's operation relative to slaughter and processing facilities.

Farm Bureau policy does not cover many portions of the rule so - according to Stallman - they will require additional analysis.


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