(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the proposed establishment of a new regulation under the Packers and Stockyards Act, which protects fair trade, financial integrity, and competitive marketing for livestock, meat, and poultry.
USCA does not believe the proposed regulation goes far enough in addressing producer concerns related to maintaining a transparent, fair, and truly competitive marketplace. Specifically, we would like to see USDA act on the following:
- Clarify “competitive harm” language
- Strike the included “customary practice” phrase
- Return 2016 language related to “retaliatory action”
“In the summer of 2019, after the fire at the beef processing facility in Holcomb, KS, you noted that, ‘I have spent this summer visiting with cattle ranchers across the country, and I know this is a difficult time for the industry as a whole. USDA is committed to ensuring support is available to ranchers who work hard to feed the United States and the world.’
“We ask you to reflect on this statement, withdraw this proposed rule and convene a livestock industry stakeholder summit to outline a course of action that will modernize the Packers and Stockyards Act in a way that ensures anti-competitive buying practices are being addressed. This proposed rule is well intended, but it does not accurately reflect the needed modernization changes and improvements within P&S.”
Established in 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development. For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.
There is STILL TIME to Submit Your Own Comments!
- Go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS-FTPP-18-0101-0001
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- Add in your support of rules that promote a level playing field for producers.