AFBF Pleased with Livestock Competition Rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the proposed rule issued Friday by the Agriculture Department’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on competition in the livestock and poultry industries.

“For too long producers have had to bear the financial hardship of being at the whim of production contractors, resulting in inequality in production practices, increasing losses and decreasing profitability. The GIPSA proposed rule would level the playing field,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman.

“Farm Bureau is particularly supportive of the sections on capital investment, which would reduce requirements for new investments in modifications of farm buildings. These continuous modifications keep producers in debt and minimize their ability to negotiate reasonable contracts. Farm Bureau believes the contracting companies should justify the mandatory modification of facilities and this proposed rule would require that justification,” Stallman said.

(Image:Spencers Brook Farm)

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