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NCBA President Critical of Ag Secretary

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:24:43 CDT

NCBA President Critical of Ag Secretary National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Steve Foglesong believes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ignored the requests of 115 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and several U.S. Senators for a comprehensive economic analysis of the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

The proposed GIPSA rule was written in response to a directive made by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill. However, as the 115 House members cited, - GIPSA also included additional proposed regulations that greatly exceed the mandate of the Farm Bill. The members also question the need for the rule. Foglesong says - Secretary Vilsack, the entire Obama Administration and the proponents of the proposed rule continue to ignore the needs of rural America.

According to Foglesong, Secretary Vilsack’s refusal leaves my fellow cattle producers and me asking, “What are they trying to hide? The GIPSA rule will further inject the federal government into the market and could very likely result in financial devastation to a critical part of our country’s economy and in thousands of lost jobs at the time when economic growth and job creation are what we need the most.

   

 

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