NetNebraska.org: Consolidation In The Livestock Industry May Get A Boost Since Proposed USDA Rule Won’t Take Effect

by Grant Gerlock | November 7, 2017 The Trump administration is following up on promises to ease agriculture industry regulations. The latest rule to be withdrawn would have made it easier for producers to raise objections if they thought meatpackers weren’t giving them a fair price. Between the time a cut of steak or pound

The Progressive Farmer: USDA to Withdraw GIPSA Rule

by Todd Neeley | 10/17/2017 Agency Action Draws Praise, Outrage OMAHA (DTN) — USDA is set to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, rule, according to a notice set for publication in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who has been pushing for GIPSA implementation for years, just

Farm Futures: GIPSA rule changes thrown out by Trump administration

Oct 17, 2017 NPPC, NCBA, NCC pleased with the decision; OCM and Center for Rural Affairs ask Trump to immediately implement. NFU pledges to work with Congress to change. USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced today it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule, Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b)

New Food Economy: Big Meat just won a 100-year battle. Wait, what?

by Joe Fassler, H. Claire Brown | October 17th , 2017 On Tuesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it was withdrawing the Farmer Fair Practice rules—or the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (“GIPSA”) rules, as they’re more commonly known—effectively saying, “Know what? Never mind.” It was a devastating blow to

Ranch Group Urges Secretary Perdue to Keep GIPSA a Stand-Alone Agency

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2017 Billings, Mont. – In strongly worded comments sent to the office of the U.S. Agriculture Secretary over the weekend, R-CALF USA urged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) not be demoted by folding it into its sister agency, the Agricultural Marketing

R-CALF USA: Oklahoma Event Notice

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2017 Contact: Tatum Lee E-mail: tatumlee@r-calfusa.com Oklahoma Event Notice Who: R-CALF USA What: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard to make presentation: “How to Make the U.S. Cattle Industry Great Again.” Bullard will discuss his group’ successful lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the U.S. Constitution in

Meat + Poultry: Group opposes Oklahoma state checkoff fee

by Erica Shaffer | Oct. 5, 2017 TONKAWA, Okla. – The Organization for Competitive Markets is continuing to push back against checkoff fees with its latest complaint filed with the Office of the Inspector General of the US Dept. of Agriculture. The group alleges that the Oklahoma Beef Council and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association are

Capital Press: Groups press USDA on dairy checkoff oversight

by Carol Ryan Dumas | October 2, 2017 Nearly $427 million was collected for the dairy checkoff program in 2016. Dairy farmers are assessed 15 cents per hundredweight of milk they produce and importers are assessed 7.5 cents per hundredweight of milk (or the equivalent) they import. The Organization for Competitive Markets and the National

OCM: Complaint Filed Over Oklahoma Beef Council and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Illegally Influencing Checkoff Vote

by OCM staff | October 3, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2017 Already riddled in scandal, OBC and OCA continue to break the law TONKAWA, OK – Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General following the discovery that the Oklahoma Beef Council has

The Progressive Farmer: Group Wants Meeting with Perdue

By Todd Neeley | September 20, 2017 OCM Requests More Government Control of Programs OMAHA (DTN) — A group challenging the administration of checkoff programs in agriculture has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a meeting to make its case for transparency and more federal control of those programs. In a letter to