USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is testing the computer system to be used when the new mandatory price reporting for livestock and meat products goes into effect April 2.

All firms identified by the agency as subject to reporting have been invited to participate in the testing program. AMS will contact all firms failing to respond to the invitation this week. Companies that believe they are subject to reporting and have not been contacted by AMS should call the AMS Livestock and Grain Market News Branch at 202-720-6231 or Mark Dopp, American Meat Institute general counsel and senior vice president of regulatory affairs.