Last Friday, the U.S. House considered a resolution related to oversight of existing and pending federal regulations. Specifically, members of the House Agriculture Committee flagged some concerns related to agricultural regulations. Among those were several involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The committee pointed to EPA regulations dealing with dust, pesticides, non-point source pollution and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), as being most troubling, reports the National Pork Producers Council.
Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) outlined their concerns with USDA’s regulation to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA), specifically the proposed GIPSA rule. Lucas said that oversight of federal regulations will be “one of the highest focuses of this committee.”
Rooney added that the proposed GIPSA rule needs to be carefully evaluated for unintended consequences, especially negative effects on livestock producers. He specifically cited provisions that would overturn the requirement that a plaintiff must demonstrate injury to competition to show a violation of the PSA, prohibit packers from buying and selling livestock from one another and prohibit certain arrangements between packers and dealers, NPPC reports.
Rooney also said the rule exceeds the authorities of the 2008 Farm Bill, lacks a full economic analysis and was developed under a “flawed regulatory process.”