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USDA, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Poultry Grower Ranking Systems

On December 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) published a proposed rule amending regulations issued under the original Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) of 1921. The rule identifies criteria that the Secretary may consider when determining whether use of a poultry grower ranking system is unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive. The rule states that absent a legitimate business justification, failing to use the ranking system in a fair manner is a violation of Section 202 (a) of the P&S Act regardless of a showing of harm or likely harm to competition. GIPSA has certified that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small business entities; however, they are seeking any relevant data that may supplement this analysis. Comments are due by March 24, 2017.

Read the proposed rule and submit comments here.

Advocacy contact: Prianka Sharma at (202) 205-6938.

Date: 
Monday, February 13, 2017