More than a Thousand People Assemble in Fort Collins for Competition WorkshopFriday, August 27, 2010
(American Meat Institute)
More than a thousand people assembled in
AMI Senior Vice President of Regulatory
Affairs and General Counsel
Livestock producers attended in full force wearing buttons to convey their positions ranging from “Pull the rule” to “Yeah USDA.”
In his opening remarks, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Producers are worried. They worry whether there is a future for them and their children in agriculture.” Vilsack went on to detail statistics about a shift away from the spot market.
“The thinning spot market is a concern
because it sets the base marketing price in
contracts,” Vilsack said. “Some have
argued that the status quo is better. … Under
status quo, there has been a significant exodus
from agriculture and a depopulation of rural
Attorney General Eric Holder said one of the purposes of the event is to examine “fairness and equal opportunity.”
“Too many farmers and ranchers are fighting tooth and nail simply to make a living,” he said.
“We are confident that the USDA-DOJ
workshops will show what dozens of analyses by
the government and universities have concluded
repeatedly -- that the
Dopp specifically expressed concerns about a new proposal from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) that will strongly discourage the use of alternative marketing agreements by exposing parties who enter into them to litigation, represents a plain-old end run around both the courts and Congress.
“Past attempts to prove through the courts that somehow agreements and forward contracts afford undue preferences have been rejected by eight appellate courts,” he added. “Despite these judicial rejections, USDA’s new proposal, which will strongly discourage the use of these agreements by exposing parties who enter into them to litigation, represents a plain-old end run around both the courts and Congress.”
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