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Florida Lawmakers Urge Further Analysis of Proposed USDA GIPSA Rule

Thursday, October 7, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

Echoing the requests of a number of their colleagues, several members from the Florida Congressional delegation, including Senators Bill Nelson and George LeMieux, are urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to delay implementation of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) livestock procurement rule, pending further economic analysis.

“It appears the proposed rule by the agency is a clear attempt to circumvent Congress,” the lawmakers state in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Upon close review (of) this proposed rule, it contains many elements and almost exact wording that was discussed and eliminated by Congress when the Farm Bill was passed in 2008. It is our opinion that government should not take on the role of manipulating domestic supply, cost or prices. This proposed rule is a clear invasion of the government into the private marketplace.”

The lawmakers point out that the proposed rule directly conflicts with eight different court decisions and will grossly restrict individual livestock producers’ freedom to market livestock in buyer and seller agreements that will, consequently, create a chaotic business environment in which the industry will be forced to operate.

“The vagueness in the proposed rule will lead to destruction of a multitude of value-added marketing programs. It will eliminate the incentives progressive producers pursue in investing and developing efficient high quality protein demanded by consumers. It has the potential of setting the industry back 30-40 years. It will destroy jobs and drive our food supply to other countries,” the letter states.

“It is clear that the repercussions of this proposed rule have not been properly analyzed or thought out and upon doing so we hope you will reconsider implementation of this rule in its entirety,” the letter concludes.

To view the letter, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/63264

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