Farm Bureau Statement on Delay of GIPSA Rules

Newsroom / Apr 11th, 2017

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “It is clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to the Agriculture Department’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules does not work across the board for all livestock sectors. The announced delay in the rules’ effective date until October will give farmers and ranchers additional time to comment on this important issue.

“We support preserving the contract and marketing arrangements that are working for the beef and pork sectors, and we will reinforce that point during the comment period. There is still vast room for improvement, however, in efforts to ensure a level playing field for poultry farmers. We will continue to emphasize the need to seek additional safeguards in the poultry sector to better protect individual farmers from discriminatory treatment, without disrupting the business practices that are working in the beef and pork sectors.”

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Contact:
Will Rodger
Director, Policy Communications
(202) 406-3642
willr@fb.org
 
Kari Barbic
AFBF Media Specialist
(202) 406-3672
karib@fb.org
 

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