The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) conducted a conference call this morning in advance of the release of the June 22 Federal Register seeking comments on proposed changes to livestock purchases. According to the agency, the rule will provide protections for producers against unfair, fraudulent or retaliatory practices.
"While a great deal of the discussion on the call was geared toward contracts, there were questions related to the prohibition on packer to packer sale of livestock," commented Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association.
A few of the protections provided for in the proposed rule include:
The comment period will run through Aug. 23. Information is available at www.gipsa.usda.gov.