The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering new rules that would help level the playing field between large corporate meatpackers and independent livestock and poultry producers.
After being blocked and delayed for years by Congress, the Obama Administration published new Farmer Fair Practices Rules in its final days. This set of three rules includes essential safeguards to restore fairness for producers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act:
These rules will help level the playing field between packers and producers.
USDA must eliminate one provision: a loophole in both proposed rules would allow companies to ignore the rules if there is a “legitimate business justification.” There is no legitimate reason to cheat or retaliate against producers. USDA should strip this loophole from both of the proposed rules.
Comments are due this Friday, March 24. We will collect and submit your comments to USDA on Friday.
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