Clarifying the GIPSA rule implementation

It’s been one week since USDA filed the final version of the GIPSA rule and there remains some confusion regarding what lies ahead. With the rule being published in the Dec. 5 Federal Register it will go into effect 60 days later. FULL STORY »

Commentary: GIPSA - the goldfish didn't get mailed

USDA published changes to the GIPSA regulations this week that stop short of creating some potentially disastrous unintended consequences. The debate, however, may not be over. FULL STORY »

So, what’s not in the final GIPSA rule?

Here is a summary of provisions that will not be included in USDA’s final GISPA rule, published on Dec. 8, 2011. FULL STORY »

USDA files the final word on the GIPSA rule

It’s hard to believe that it was the 2008 Farm Bill that began what would drag out to be a controversial and much-debated process, but USDA has just published the Final Rule implementing revised provisions within Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. Known as the GIPSA rule, the original objectives were to provide provisions that would boost protection of livestock producers and poultry growers operating under production and marketing contract arrangements. FULL STORY »

U.S. House passes a 3-bill appropriations package

The U.S. House, late on Thursday, passed a three-bill appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2012. Known as the “minibus,” H.R. 2112 provides money for the Agriculture Department, Commerce-Justice-Science and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. FULL STORY »

USDA redesigns and submits GIPSA rule

USDA has scaled down its proposed GIPSA rule and sent it on to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB is the last step in the rulemaking process before a rule is finalized. FULL STORY »

NFU: GIPSA rule still missing critical elements

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after USDA officials sent portions of the June 22, 2010, proposed GIPSA rule to the Office of Management and Budget for final review before implementation: FULL STORY »

NFU likes Senate Ag Appropriations Bill

“Passage of the Senate Ag Appropriations Bill is a step in the right direction towards reducing our nation’s deficit while avoiding some of the more damaging cuts,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. FULL STORY »

Iowa and AgFeed Industries reach an agreement

The United States District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt approved a consent decree jointly submitted by the State of Iowa and AgFeed Industries, Inc., whic owns and operates hog production facilities, feed mills and processing facilities in several states, including Iowa. FULL STORY »

Op-ed: Family farmers and ranchers simply want a fair chance to compete

In June 2010, the U.S. government provided some simple clarifications to the law that governs the relationship between livestock producers and the meatpackers and processors who buy their animals. FULL STORY »

GIPSA cost-benefit analysis still lacking

A year has gone by since a group of lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a public report on the costs and benefits of the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. The analysis has yet to be provided. FULL STORY »

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