USDA proposed new rule redrawing the relationship between producers and meat processors is to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, June 22. Public comments can be filed until Aug. 23.
Reaction to the proposed rule, which Secretary Vilsack said “will help ensure a level playing field for producers by providing additional protections against unfair practices,” drew predictably mixed reactions from industry groups.
Vilsack said in a Friday press conference that the rule was ordained by the Farm Bill of 2008. In a separate project, USDA and the Department of Justice are conducting a series of workshops to discuss the competition in agriculture.
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