USDA, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act

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 clarifies conduct or actions by packers, swine contractors, or live poultry dealers GIPSA considers unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive in violation of Section 202(a) of the P&S Act. The rule will also identify criteria the Secretary will consider in determining whether certain conduct constitutes undue or unreasonable preference in violation of Section 202 (b). 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