AMI in Des Moines Register: USDA Rule Will Cost Consumers, Packers and ProducersMonday, November 1, 2010
(American Meat Institute)
"The tremendous progress
Boyle explains that the proposed rule would adversely affect the use of marketing agreements by livestock producers and processors because of a threat of legal jeopardy. “These agreements were initiated by producers and have been mutually beneficial to producers and processors. In addition, these agreements benefit consumers, who enjoy a consistent, quality product because processors are better able to procure the types of livestock that yield those products,” he notes.
Boyle points out that it
is troubling that the proposed rule lacks a
comprehensive economic-impact analysis, a fact
that has been criticized in writing by nearly
115 members of Congress, including Iowa Sen.
Chuck Grassley and Reps. Steve King and Tom
Latham. “An economic-impact
study found that the rule would cost Iowa more
than 3,700 jobs and cost the state $630 million
in economic activity,” he explains, adding
that nationwide, the
“That is why AMI and the
country's largest livestock producer groups
have called for the proposed rule to be
withdrawn,” he says.
To see a copy of the letter to the editor in its entirety, click here: http://bit.ly/aPVJAV