Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) expressed “deep concern” about the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration proposed livestock procurement rule in a recent letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“I have recently been contacted by agricultural leaders that represent a majority of livestock producers in Indiana. …I agree with these producers that federal regulations should not impede the development of products, in this case those derived from raising poultry and livestock that may command a higher market price due to desirable characteristics. I also agree that the development of private contracts that facilitate these transactions, Alternative Marketing Agreements, have played an important role in efficient poultry and livestock production practices that respond to rapidly changing consumer choices,” Lugar wrote.

“I believe that farmers of all sizes should have fair access to markets and support policies that increase demand for agricultural products. However, I am concerned that GIPSA’s proposals may restrict innovation in agricultural markets resulting in decreased competitiveness of U.S. agriculture production and diminished consumer choices, both of which seem to counter U.S. agricultural policy,” Lugar concludes.

Read Lugar’s letter.

Source: American Meat Institute