House Ag subcommittee preempts GIPSA

The House Appropriations Committee has released a subcommittee draft of the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill which would expressly forbid funding for USDA’s controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock marketing. FULL STORY »

Senators introduce livestock marketing bill

Four U.S. Senators have introduced a bill they say will target unfair meat packer practices that negatively influence and impact independent ranchers and farmers. FULL STORY »

GIPSA concern grows on Capitol Hill

A bi-partisan group of 147 congressmen want USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to commit to a timeline to complete the long-overdue economic impact analysis of the proposed 2010 Grain Inspection, and Packers and Stockyards Administration rule. They even go so far as to ask for the proposal to be withdrawn and start over. FULL STORY »

Wolf outlines state of the U.S. pork industry to House subcommittee

U.S. pork producers were well received on Wednesday at a hearing held by the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, according to National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf. FULL STORY »

NFU supports GIPSA rule

Calling it a “farmer and rancher bill of rights” National Farmers Union delegates adopted a special order of business at its 109th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, supporting the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule. FULL STORY »

USDA unlikely to allow comments on GIPSA economic analysis

USDA already received more than 60,000 comments regarding its proposed Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act - or GIPSA rule- as of the late November 2010 deadline. Of those, pork industry submitted approximately 16,000. FULL STORY »

NFU: GIPSA combats market concentration

National Farmers Union held briefings today for U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture and U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee members and their staff on the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed rule. FULL STORY »

Congressmen press Vilsack on timeline for GIPSA economic analysis

During a House Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday on the state of the U.S. farm economy, two Democratic committee members questioned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack about a timeline for completion of an economic analysis of the department’s controversial GIPSA proposed rule. FULL STORY »

Republicans oppose meatpacking industry reforms

The Obama administration's effort to overhaul antitrust rules for the meatpacking industry with the toughest regulations since the Packers and Stockyards Act was passed 90 years ago has run into strong opposition from Republicans. FULL STORY »

AMI says GIPSA would impede job growth

As the national discussion on regulatory reform heats up, the American Meat Institute continued to voice its call in television, radio and print interviews for a withdrawal of the proposed livestock marketing rule published in June by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. FULL STORY »

AMI calls for withdrawal of proposed GIPSA rule

President Obama told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a speech Monday that he urges businesses to make investments that will help create growth and that, “If there is a reason you don't believe that this is the time to get off the sidelines – to hire and invest – I want to know about it. I want to fix it.” FULL STORY »

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