House Ag Committee Passes Update to Packers and Stockyards Act

September 16, 2016

On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee passed a bill (H.R. 5883) by Rep. David Rouzer (N.C.) to modernize and clarify the Packers and Stockyards Act as it relates to the buying or selling of livestock in commerce through online, video and other electronic methods.

H.R. 5883 updates the requirements and method of transactions producers must follow - specifically by providing the same protections for those who sell through online and video auctions as those who sell at a fixed-facility location and permitting the use of modern electronic payment methods.

"The Packers and Stockyards Act was written almost 100 years ago and is in need of modernization," Rouzer explained. "This clarification is a reflection of changes in the marketplace as a result of modern technologies. This legislation will help ensure that our producers receive the law's financial protections, regardless of whether they sell products at a fixed-facility market or through an online or video auction."

Online and video sales of sheep have also increased in recent years. ASI supports the clarification of this act.