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USDA Issues Final Rule Revising Swine and Lamb Reporting Requirements Under the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule incorporating the swine reporting revisions contained within the Agricultural Reauthorizations Act of 2015 and amending the lamb reporting requirements under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. The final rule includes updated requirements for swine purchase types and late afternoon swine purchases, and also revises the definition of packer-owned lambs. Based on the comments received, AMS chose not to include in this final rule the proposed reporting revisions concerning lambs committed for future delivery and prices of pelts paid to producers. Adding those provisions, AMS posited, would burden packers and could negatively impact U.S. trade within domestic and international markets.

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