Livestock producers urge President Obama to stop GIPSA rule

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“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 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:

Source: American Meat Institute

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Bob L.    
Colorado  |  August, 17, 2011 at 08:54 AM

The day will come when the American public and America's economic base will say "Enough, we aren't going to abide by any more rules or regulations written by unelected bureaucrats." The problem is, not many IF any of those who write the rules have any knowledge or background in the fields they are trying to regulate. Being "good activists", any concerns or opposition to their agendas fall on deaf ears and they push ahead no matter how destructive the outcome. As the saying goes: Power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts.

Ken Martin    
missouri  |  August, 17, 2011 at 09:27 AM

I am a livestock producer and I believe the rule should go forward. Why? To add a degree of economic fairness to our live cattle markets that have increasingly come under the monopolistic influence of the packing industry. These "Big Four" processors wield immense market power through their ability to control information(transparency), formula contracting based on forward contracting with no price establishment at the time the contract is executed, "sweetheart deals" with preferred sellers and ability to manuipliate market price by withholding purchase at critical times. I agree government regulation should be the last redress but when you have a long history of economic abuse our government has an obligation to enter the situation. Many of the arguments put forward against the GISPA rule echo the same arguements used for decades by the economically powerful. If the American people through their government had not intervened we most likely have no "miminun wage" laws, no worker's compensation, no child labor laws, or others that bring some humanity to the raw edges of unrestrained capitalism.

Texas  |  August, 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Obama will not stop the GIPSA rule because he does not believe in, and apparently was never taught, traditional notions of American equality through liberty. People like him and Van Jones believe in equality through restraint and criminalization. I am a teeny, tiny livestock producer but I take heed of what one ex-communist says when he riled at the power of the powerful monopolistic coal companies of the early 1900's in Pensylvania. That was that the largest, most monopolistic corporations are mere pygmies compared to the power of government. Much bad comes from the Marxist-borne class hate directed toward corporations and the wealthy. Atheistic class hate resulted in more than 100 milllion deaths in the past 100 years or so. We don't need it in America.

Alexandria, VA  |  August, 17, 2011 at 02:23 PM

This is a story? All it does is present the critcism of GIPSA by its opponents. What are the specifics of the rule that are objected to?

Kate Dougherty    
New Orleans, LA  |  October, 17, 2011 at 06:10 PM

Meat is not affordable. There are many other food options that are more affordable, especially when you factor in the cost of health insurance for all the health problems meat causes.

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