In response to Secretary Perdue’s October 17th announcement that he would withdraw the GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rules, Organization for Competitive Markets immediately called on President Trump to do by executive order what the Secretary was unwilling to do: implement the proposed GIPSA rules. Today, a coalition of more than 80 agricultural organizations including National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, National Family Farm Coalition, and Organization for Competitive Markets sent a letter asking President Trump to do just that.
In a recorded statement explaining the basis for his withdrawing the rules, Secretary Perdue stated that agricultural packers and processors are supposed to "treat everyone fairly and not in a predatory fashion," concluding, "These are moral actions that I don’t know or believe that regulation and litigation solve."
OCM President Mike Weaver responded, "I am beyond outraged. It is clear from Secretary Perdue’s statement that USDA’s anti-monopoly public policy is to simply ask China’s Smithfield, Brazil’s JBS, which owns Cargill pork, JBS beef and Pilgrim’s Pride chicken, and the other agricultural conglomerates to please stop being a bully in the marketplace playground. Perdue is either the most naïve Secretary of Agriculture we have ever had, or he is simply in bed with the multi-national corporate monopolies. I think it’s the latter."
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