Senate committee sets 2012 ag funding course

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its fiscal 2012 funding bills for agriculture, energy-water and homeland security. Totaling $19.780 billion in overall discretionary spending, the Senate agriculture funding bill contains $138 million less than the fiscal 2011 bill. FULL STORY »

Farm Bill hearing calls for GIPSA elimination

Sen. Roberts said GIPSA clearly acted outside the intent of Congress when it proposed the rule. He recently sent President Barack Obama a list of regulations proposed by the current administration, including the GIPSA rule, which should be reconsidered. FULL STORY »

Commentary: NFU wants livestock title to remain in Farm Bill

I disagree with a recent opinion piece (“Farm Bill debate underway: NCBA says livestock title needs to go,” Aug. 13, 2011) by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) that stated that the livestock title should be removed from the 2012 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

GIPSA penalizes Morrell & Co.

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has enforced a $162,500 penalty on John Morrell & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, related to erroneous calculations of yield and payments for pork carcasses. FULL STORY »

Small Businesses concerned about GIPSA rule

Members from both political parties seated on the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade expressed concerns late last week about the adverse impact on small businesses that USDA’s proposed regulation on the buying and selling of livestock and poultry. FULL STORY »

NFU tells Congress “livestock market is broken”

Testifying to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on Tuesday, Dennis Jones, a pork producer and National Farmers Union member, gave his perspective on the current state of the livestock industry in the United States. Among the topics was USDA’s proposed GIPSA rule. FULL STORY »

House budget vote defunds GIPSA

By a vote of 217-203, the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed legislation that funds USDA and the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal 2012 but denies money for USDA to implement its GIPSA, rule. FULL STORY »

Live from WPX: Sam Carney takes on GIPSA Play video

National Pork Producers Council Past President Sam Carney talks about NPPC opposition to new livestock marketing rules on AgriTalk at World Pork Expo. FULL STORY »

GIPSA rule continues to lack clarity

It remains unclear what USDA’s final GIPSA rule addressing livestock and poultry marketing and production contracts will look like, or for that matter, when it will be released. Watch an interview with Sam Carney as he focuses on NPPC's objection to GIPSA live at WPX. FULL STORY »

Budget measure prevents GIPSA rule implementation

The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday voted to approve legislation that funds USDA and other agencies for fiscal year 2012 but denies money for USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) to advance and finalize a proposed rule covering livestock and poultry marketing. FULL STORY »

USDA will not withdraw GIPSA

Despite the bi-partisan urging from 147 House lawmakers, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said he will not withdraw a proposed rule on buying and selling livestock and poultry. FULL STORY »

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