Proposed GIPSA Rule Hot Topic During Cattle Industry Summer Conference
WASHINGTON - Last Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced that it will be extending the comment period for a livestock marketing rule proposed in June.
The extension comes after much criticism from both industry, as well as Congressional leadership. The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held a hearing in July where Colin Woodall, NCBA’s vice president of government affairs testified. According to Subcommittee Chairman David Scott (D-Ga.), USDA officials seriously overstepped their boundaries in proposing the rule that includes several provisions "soundly rejected" in both the House and Senate during the 2008 farm bill debate. The Committee expressed bipartisan support for extending the public comment period from 60 to 120 days.
GIPSA published the proposed rule in the Federal Register on June 22, 2010 (75 FR 35338). The agency proposed adding several new sections to the regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921.
The proposed rule was the topic of a special forum during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. For more updates and an analysis of the proposed rule from Gregg Doud, NCBA’s chief economist, visit www.BeltwayBeef.com and search GIPSA.
GIPSA will now consider comments received by November 22, 2010.