Beltway Beef Audio

Date: 11/8/2011

Title: Beltway Beef Audio News

On Fri, Nov. 4, 2011, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall attended a briefing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the status of USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing. As you know, NCBA has been a leading voice against this rule as it was written. 

Woodall says a final rule has been submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) containing four out of the five provisions included in the 2008 Farm Bill. These provisions apply to poultry and do not have an impact on cattlemen, Woodall says. OMB has 45 days to review the rule. 

Even though many of these actions are positive, Woodall says the fight is not over. By law, USDA must define undue preference and unfair practices. Even though USDA has postponed that action, USDA is reviewing those provisions and the provisions relating to competitive injury for a future re-proposed rule. Woodall encourages cattlemen to stay engaged in order to prevent any adverse effects on the U.S. cattle industry.

Beltway Beef Commentary - GIPSA Update by Beltway Beef

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