Colin Woodall with NCBA on USDA Action on GIPSA Rule- Pleased and ConcernedSat, 05 Nov 2011 11:02:33 CDT
The USDA has submitted modified sections of the proposed GIPSA livestock marketing rule as Final and Interim Rules for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Final Rule contains provisions required by the 2008 Farm Bill the sections related to suspension of delivery of birds, additional capital investment criteria, breach of contract and arbitration in addition to a section on swine and poultry sample contracts. The separate Interim Rule contains a modified version of the section on poultry tournament systems and is open for additional public comment.
According to information posted on the OMB website, USDA is no longer pursuing several provisions from the original proposal, including the sections that prohibit packer-to-packer sales, prohibit a packer buyer from buying for more than one packer and require packers to maintain records. The remaining provisions from the original proposed rule remain under consideration, meaning USDA will not be submitting, at least not anytime soon, the sections that prohibit undue preferences or the section that changes the definition of competitive injury.
While the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has yet to issue an official statement on these developments, we had the opportunity to talk with Colin Woodall of their Washington, DC office about several aspects of this latest move by the USDA. This is a special online edition of our Beef Buzz- featuring our full conversation with Woodall.
Woodall applaudes USDA for sticking to the 2008 Farm Law as the basis for the final rule sent to OMB, but adds that the remaining provisions of the measure, especially the signals from USDA that they would be continuing to work on a rule that would address the definition of competitive injury, signals that "we are not out of the woods yet."
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