Tell USDA: Allow the GIPSA Rule to Finally Become Effective

A new comment period is currently underway for GIPSA’s Farmer Fair Practices Rule and it is more important now than ever to speak up for fair and competitive markets. The way this new comment period was established erases every comment that has been submitted to date, so we need to ask you to take action one more time, even if you already have in the past. We only have until June 12, 2017 to make sure our voices are heard.

Take Action Now

Taking action is very simple. Please copy the below comment, paste it into the comment form at the Federal Register, and follow the prompts to post your comment.

Sample comment:

I am commenting in regard to 9 CFR Part 201, Federal Register Number 2017-07361, posted on April 12, 2017. I urge you to allow the Interim Final Rule (IFR) to become effective. This much-needed marketplace safeguard would help level the playing field for family farmers, ensuring they have the opportunity to feed us here at home and to compete in the global market.

Please take action now. Comments are due June 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET.

Background

The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has again delayed the implementation of the fair practices rule that would strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act and reduce the burden for family farmers and ranchers who are harmed by a meat packing or processing company’s anti-competitive and unfair practices. We need your help to ensure this crucial marketplace safeguard is finally enacted.

Under the current system, family farmers and ranchers face unfair practices as a result of corporate concentration in the meatpacking industry and the abuse such concentration allows, while consumers are left with few choices in the grocery store.

This is the third time the USDA is seeking comments on a rule to help farmers and ranchers by making it easier to hold packers and processors accountable for unfair and abusive trade practices. Every time family farmers comment in favor of the rule, USDA caves to industry pressure, delays the rule, and opens a new comment period. This time, USDA is taking a poll to determine whether to  (1) Allow the Interim Final Rule (IFR) to become effective, (2) Suspend the IFR indefinitely, (3) Delay the effective date of the IFR further, or (4) Withdraw the IFR.


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