USDA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR PACKER ACT PROPOSAL
AFBF President Bob Stallman said Farm Bureau is pleased the Agriculture Department's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has extended its comment period by 90 days on its Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rule.
"The rule's regulatory changes will impact each operation differently. The impact of this rule on producers will vary depending on the type of animal produced on an operation, the ways the producer markets his or her product, and the location of a producer's operation relative to slaughter and processing facilities," Stallman said. "Many other portions of the rule go beyond those issues clearly covered in Farm Bureau policy and will require additional analysis."
AFBF initially requested a 120-day extension to better analyze the economic and legal impacts of the rule on producers. AFBF will seek input from state Farm Bureaus and will submit comments.
The proposed rule carries out the requirements of the 2008 farm bill and is intended to address the increased use of contracting in the marketing and production of livestock and poultry by entities subject to the Packers and Stockyards Act. The goal of this regulation is to level the playing field between packers, live poultry dealers, and swine contractors, and the nation's poultry growers and livestock producers.