GIPSA issues new rules; abandons proposed PSA no-anticompetitive-impact rule

On December 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) issued its long-awaited final rule amending regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA).  The rule making was required in part by Title XI of the Farm, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).  GIPSA published proposed PSA regulations — some very controversial — on June 22, 2010, and promptly was swamped by more than 64,000 public comments.  Recently Congress in the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations billweighed-in, according to the USDA, by prohibiting the [USDA] from moving forward” on controversial proposed regulations.  Those included changes to the tournament system of payment for poultry growers, requirements to collect and post sample livestock contracts andelimination of the need to prove competitive injury in actions under sections 202(a) and (b) of the PSA.  GIPSA announced in its final rule that it has “not . . . finalized” those provisions “at this time.” 

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One response to “GIPSA issues new rules; abandons proposed PSA no-anticompetitive-impact rule

  1. The meat packers have bought policy and legalized their frauds on family farmers once again. Federal courts have refused to allow jury trials and instead are deciding cases not on sound economic theory or policy but on the political power of the meat packers.

    What a sham our government has become.

    It has become a co-conspirator on the frauds rampant in the industry through judicial corruption.

    Our founding fathers didn’t trust judges but instead made juries the final arbiter of justice. This is a textbook example of why their wisdom was supreme and the Supreme Court not so supreme.

    Tom