Tuesday, August 17, 2010

USDA Rule Could Protect Producers?

There's an important event taking place in Fort Collins, Colorado, on August
27th.

This meeting has to do with rules recently released by the U.S.D.A. that could
fundamentally alter the balance of power in the livestock industry. Supporters of the proposed regulations say the changes will protect livestock producers (ranchers and farmers) from "unfair, fraudulent, or retaliatory practices." Meatpackers have opposed the rule changes and successfully extended the comment period through November 22.

The U.S.D.A. is holding a meeting in Fort Collins, CO to hear what people think abot these rules. Ranch and cattle groups, and one labor union, are organizing buses and van pools they hope will bring 25,000 people to Colorado in support of these regulations.

It's time for rural advocates to get informed on this issue and consider how it might affect rural communities.

At issue are proposed regulations issued by USDA's Grain Inspectors, Packers, and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) based on the 2008 Farm Bill and the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the proposed rules would help "ensure a level playing field" for the farmers and ranchers who raise livestock (beef, pork and poultry) against the
increasingly consolidated meatpacking industry.

Rural advocates who would like to get involved in this issue have several different opportunities.

Learn more about the proposed rules by reading articles in the Daily Yonder:

"Lawmakers Attack Regulatory Changes"

"New Livestock Rules Could Change Balance of Power"

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