Nalivka says GIPSA would take away marketing opportunities for producers Play video

John Nalivka, head of livestock consultant Sterling Marketing, says a proposed rule change for the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) would be a bad idea, taking away opportunities for beef and pork producers to get market premiums. The USDA is currently working on an economic analysis of the proposed rule. Nalivka spoke at the USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum Feb. 24-25 outside of Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

NFU: GIPSA combats market concentration

National Farmers Union held briefings today for U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture and U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee members and their staff on the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed rule. FULL STORY »

What the GIPSA proposal will do for you…or to you

Change is never easy. If something has been in place for 7+ decades and everybody knows the rules and how to play by them, new rules are bound to create a ruckus. The mere suggestion of new GIPSA rules was enough to create a wave of palpitations. If it comes to pass, it will create a tsunami of legal suits. FULL STORY »

Congressmen press Vilsack on timeline for GIPSA economic analysis

During a House Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday on the state of the U.S. farm economy, two Democratic committee members questioned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack about a timeline for completion of an economic analysis of the department’s controversial GIPSA proposed rule. FULL STORY »

Republicans oppose meatpacking industry reforms

The Obama administration's effort to overhaul antitrust rules for the meatpacking industry with the toughest regulations since the Packers and Stockyards Act was passed 90 years ago has run into strong opposition from Republicans. FULL STORY »

AMI says GIPSA would impede job growth

As the national discussion on regulatory reform heats up, the American Meat Institute continued to voice its call in television, radio and print interviews for a withdrawal of the proposed livestock marketing rule published in June by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. FULL STORY »

Pro business? Drop the GIPSA rule, says AMI

Responding to President Obama’s speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling on businesses to hire and invest, the American Meat Institute suggests a good place to start would be to drop the proposed GIPSA rule for livestock marketing. FULL STORY »

AMI calls for withdrawal of proposed GIPSA rule

President Obama told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a speech Monday that he urges businesses to make investments that will help create growth and that, “If there is a reason you don't believe that this is the time to get off the sidelines – to hire and invest – I want to know about it. I want to fix it.” FULL STORY »

AMI op-ed: USDA proposal would hinder improvement in meat quality

“As a meat scientist for more than 40 years and now as the president of the American Meat Institute Foundation, I take great pride in talking about the ways this industry makes good meat even better. FULL STORY »

GIPSA questioned on failure to audit Eastern Livestock

At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) annual convention in Denver, industry experts discussed the future of trading feeder cattle in the aftermath of the bankruptcy of Eastern Livestock. Specifically, on or around Nov. 3, 2010, Eastern Livestock, a company based in New Albany, Ind., that bought and sold cattle in 11 states across the Mid-South, Midwest, and West, began issuing unfunded checks to cattle producers and livestock market operators. FULL STORY »

Virginia Secretary Of Agriculture Requests Economic Analysis Of Proposed GIPSA Rule

The Virginia Secretary of Agriculture is requesting a comprehensive economic impact analysis of the proposed (GIPSA) livestock marketing rule, citing concern that the proposed rule would have a negative impact on Virginia’s livestock and poultry industries. FULL STORY »

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