USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service plans to establish a Wholesale Pork Reporting Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. It will be charged with developing proposed language to amend the Livestock Mandatory Reporting regulations to implement mandatory pork price reporting. The proposed language developed by the Committee will be published as a proposed rule in the Federal Register.

“We look forward to establishing this committee to begin the process of bringing greater transparency and confidence to our wholesale pork reporting program,” says David Shipman, acting AMS administrator. “Once implemented, this market reporting program will benefit pork producers, packers, processors, retailer and ultimately, consumers.”

On Sept. 28, the enactment of the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 reauthorized Livestock Mandatory Reporting for five more years. It also added a provision for the mandatory reporting of wholesale pork cuts. It directs the USDA Secretary to engage in negotiated rulemaking to make required regulatory changes for mandatory wholesale pork price reporting.

According to the law, the committee will be made up of representatives from organizations representing pork producers; packers and processors; retailers and wholesale pork buyers; USDA; and interested parties that participate in pork production. AMS has identified organizations that it believes represent the interests of those affected by mandatory price reporting. However, AMS noted that if an organization believes its interests will not be adequately represented by the proposed members, it may submit a nomination for consideration.

The announcement was published in the Nov. 24, Federal Register. Written comments and requests for membership must be received on or before Dec. 27. Comments may be submitted electronically or sent to Michael Lynch, Chief; USDA, AMS, LS, LGMN Branch; 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 2619-S; Washington, D.C. 20250; Telephone number (202) 720-6231; or Fax (202) 690-3732.

Comments should reference docket number AMS-LS-10-0080 and note the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Submitted comments will be available for public inspection online or during regular business hours at the above address.

Source: USDA AMS