“Mr. President, America needs jobs. The GIPSA rule would kill them,” stated the National Pork Producers Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in a full page advertisement appearing in Tuesday's Dubuque Telegraph Herald, according to the American Meat Institute.
The ad refers to USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed rule that could kill 114,000 jobs, including 750 in Iowa. It could cost the Iowa economy more than $630 million and drive food prices up $46 million in just one year.
“That’s something this country and Iowa just can’t afford. Mr. President, we need jobs. Please stop the GIPSA rule in its tracks,” the ad concluded. The ad also includes the web site www.keepfoodaffordable.com as a sponsor. The web site is critical of the GIPSA rule citing increased food costs and job loss that would result if the rule were enacted into law.
By a vote of 217-203, the U.S. House of Representatives in June passed legislation that funds USDA and the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal 2012 but denied funds for USDA to implement its GIPSA rule. However, the budget has not been passed by the Senate.
“The vast majority of livestock and poultry producers oppose the GIPSA rule as it currently exists, which would cost them millions of dollars and lead to thousands of lost jobs," said Doug Wolf, president, National Pork Producers Council after the House vote.
President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, traveled Tuesday to Peosta, in Dubuque County, Iowa, for a Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College.
A copy of the ad can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/qXCDhy.
Source: American Meat Institute