Report Places Restrictions on Implementation of GIPSA Proposed Livestock Marketing Rule

November 15, 2011 12:53 AM
 

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Annual cost to economy cannot exceed $100 million, and items in rules must be limited to 2008 Farm Bill language

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The following is how the conference agreement from the first minibus bill relative to Fiscal Year 2012 funding instructed USDA regarding the controversial GIPSA proposed rule:

"The conference agreement includes language (section 721) that places conditions on the promulgation and implementation of regulations relating to the Grain Inspection, Packers and as authorized by Title XI of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act). Funds are provided to allow the Secretary to continue publication and implementation of a final or interim final rule as provided by the Administrative Procedures Act. The conference agreement further provides that the annual cost to the economy of such rules cannot exceed $100,000,000 and that the items included in the rules must be limited to the specific items described in the Act for which these rules were mandated."

Dec. 9 timeline. The conference report also noted that USDA must publish the rule no later than Dec. 9, 2011.


Comments: USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and his early tenure helpers would have been far more prudent to just follow what was in the 2008 Farm Bill from the start. Now they are instructed to do so. They simply overreached via some biased positions of some in USDA.

 


 

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