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National Farmers Union Pleased with Senate's Decision on GIPSA

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:58:17 CDT

National Farmers Union Pleased with Senate's Decision on GIPSA National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry passed an agricultural appropriations budget that did not include a rider that would prevent the implementation of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule:

"We are very pleased that Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and the senators on the committee did not include an anti-GIPSA rider similar to the one passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout his legislative career, Sen. Kohl has always been a champion of market competition and fairness.

"The GIPSA rule will go a long way towards restoring market competition and helping ensure large producers cannot exert illegal market power over farmers and ranchers. The Senate did the right thing in allowing the GIPSA rule to proceed. The rule must be funded and allowed to continue to help reduce the concentration that has taken place in the livestock industry over the past 30 years.

"Sen. Kohl has worked tirelessly to help bring economic stability to rural America, and the GIPSA rule will help ensure America's farmers and ranchers are not forced to accept unfairly low prices for their products. We urge the House to pass a similar measure and for the president to sign the bill as soon as possible."



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