The National Pork Producers Council will conduct a webinar for the council’s Strategic Investment Program members on Nov. 12, to review and explain the marketing rule proposed by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

The proposed rule, announced in June, addresses marketing contracts, production contracts and other issues related to livestock and poultry marketing practices. USDA is currently conducting a comment period, which expires one Nov. 22. So far, a reported 1,600 comments have been submitted, and more are expected.

Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, will present the webinar on NPPC’s behalf. He will discuss the implications of the proposed rules and open the floor to questions.

NPPC's webinar for 2 p.m. central standard time on Friday, Nov. 12, has filled up. However, the council is adding another session beginning at 3:30 p.m.

To participate, you must RSVP to Michele Eaton at to receive the call-in information.

On NPPC’s website, pork producers can complete a form letter in opposition to the proposed GIPSA rule and have it included in the comment submissions to USDA. There is also a link to the recently released Informa Economics impact study showing various costs and impacts of the proposed rule on pork, beef and poultry industries as well as consumers, packer/processors and the country as a whole.

Several participants in the livestock and poultry sectors are urging GIPSA to withdraw the rule and propose one that aligns with the five requirements outlined in the 2008 Farm Bill.