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USDA Schedules Public Meetings to Discuss Impact of 2008 Farm Bill on Swine and Poultry Industries

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) will hold three Town Hall meetings on implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill during which members of the public can provide comments and recommendations related to the swine and poultry industries.

GIPSA will use comments and recommendations gathered at these meetings to write the regulations needed to implement sections 11005 and 11006 of the 2008 Farm Bill. Attendees should be prepared to discuss the specific provisions, the problems Congress means to address through the Farm Bill and possible regulatory solutions that would correct those problems. Attendees are requested to discuss potential benefits and costs of their recommendations as well.

The meetings will be in Arkansas, Iowa  and Georgia, and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each day.  Dates and locations are:

Oct. 14, 2008
Crawford County Cooperative Extension Office
105 Pointer Trail West
Van Buren, Arkansas 72956

Oct. 16, 2008

Iowa State University Scheman Building
Room 275
1810 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010

Oct. 22, 2008

Hall County FSA Building
734 East Crescent Drive
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you can comment via an audio bridge by calling 870-950-5739; the participant pass code is 6969173#. During the meeting, you can send questions or comments to Jeana.M.Harbison@usda.gov.

If you are hearing or visually impaired, or have a condition that requires special assistance, please notify Ms. Harbison by Oct. 9. Ms. Harbison's contact information is: Jeana Harbison, Legal Specialist, Policy and Litigation Division, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-3646; e-mail Jeana.M.Harbison@usda.gov; phone (202)720-7363; or fax (202)690-3207.

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