Tell USDA: I Support GIPSA’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules

On December 14, 2016, the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) released three new Farmer Fair Practices Rules to strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act. These much-needed marketplace safeguards would 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. The USDA is accepting comments on these rules until March 24, 2017, and we are calling on every supporter of family farmers and open and just markets to voice support for these rules today.

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Below are summaries of the three new Farmer Fair Practices Rules, for your information. Below each summary, we have provided sample comments for both farmers and consumers that you may use or edit to make them your own (personalized comments will be more effective, so please tell the USDA why these rules are important to you!). Click on the “Comment now” links to post your comments in the Federal Register. Please be sure to comment on all three rules.

Interim Final Rule: Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act. This rule clarifies and reiterates USDA’s longstanding interpretation that not all violations of the Packers & Stockyards Act require a showing of harm or likely harm to competition. Since at least 2005, some federal courts have ruled that the P&S Act requires a showing of harm to competition before harm to an individual could be claimed. Processors have used this false interpretation of the P&S Act to avoid responsibility for damages caused to contract farmers when the farmer could not prove harm to the entire sector – a nearly impossible feat for a farmer.
See sample comments: For Farmers | For Consumers
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Proposed Rule: Poultry Grower Ranking Systems. This proposed rule establishes criteria that GIPSA may consider when determining whether a processor has used a poultry grower ranking or tournament system to compensate a poultry grower in an unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive manner, or in a way that gives an undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage. The tournament system has been used to compel growers to compete against each other based on company inputs over which growers have no control.
See sample comments: For Farmers | For Consumers
Comment now!

Proposed Rule: Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. This proposed rule outlines which unfair practices would be considered illegal by GIPSA, allowing the industry to have a better understanding of what is appropriate or inappropriate conduct. The rule would establish criteria to protect the legal rights of farmers.
See sample comments: For Farmers | For Consumers
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