GIPSA Marketing Rules a Power Grab to Reshape Livestock Industry by Federal Government Edict- So Says Congressman Frank LucasThu, 29 Jul 2010 3:25:48 CDT
Midday Wednesday, we talked with the ranking member of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas about a variety of subjects- starting with the livestock marketing rules that GIPSA within the USDA wants to put in place and that would dramatically change the way all species of livestock would be marketed. Lucas contends that Congress did not intend for GIPSA to dramatically reshape the rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act- but rather just to define the practices for today's livestock business that are named in the ninety year old law. GIPSA has proposed rules that go well beyond what Congress instructed them to do and they need to pull back- or Congress will pull them back.
Congressman Lucas adds that USDA is trying to do by rule what the Congress has told them not to do, as have the courts. He says if they persist, it's very possible that they will face a hostile Congress who will refuse to fund implementation of any changes they try to put into place.
Congressman Lucas also talked with us about how the Cap and Trade debate may be a part of a last minute Nancy Peolosi push for dramatic social change in the US during the Lame Duck Session this coming November after the General Elections are held and potentially control of the House and Senate could change. We also discuss funding for the 2012 Farm Bill cycle and how he thinks the mindset of Congress will be dramatically different in early 2011..
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