Tell USDA: Allow the GIPSA Rule to Finally Become Effective

It is very simple. All we need you to do is visit the Federal Register, copy and paste the below comment into the comment field, and follow the prompts to post your comment.

Here is what you can write:

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.

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

Background

On April 11, 2017, the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) once again delayed the implementation of the Interim Final Rule that would 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.

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.

It’s obvious USDA has a deaf ear to America’s family farmers. We are calling on America’s consumers to join family farmers in demanding USDA finally allow this crucial marketplace safeguard to become effective.


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