The Packers and Stockyards Act was enacted in 1921 and prohibits unfair, deceptive, and unjust discriminatory practices by market agencies, dealers, stockyards, packers, swine contractors, and live poultry dealers in the livestock and poultry industries.
The 2008 farm bill instructed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration to create rules and definitions providing additional protections for livestock and poultry producers against unfair practices and addressing new market conditions not covered by existing rules. In 2010, GIPSA released a proposed rule with the goal of ensuring a level playing field for livestock and poultry producers; a final rule was issued in late 2011 with significant revisions. Additionally, several annual agriculture appropriations bills have included riders which subsequently prohibited GIPSA from continuing the rule’s promulgation on certain contentious protections for growers.
Farm Bureau has long advocated for remedies that provide fairness for chicken farmers, while maintaining provisions that keep hog and cattle markets flexible and competitive.
Download this PDF to read more on the background of USDA and congressional activity regarding the GIPSA rule, as well as the development of Farm Bureau policy on the issue.