Congressmen raise concerns about USDA’s GIPSA proposal

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

June 27, 2016

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Congressmen raise concerns about USDA’s GIPSA proposal

Congressmen David Rouzer (R-NC), chairman of the House Agriculture Livestock Subcommittee, and Jim Costa (D-CA), ranking Member of the subcommittee, have sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing significant concerns about the substance, timing and impact of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration proposed rule that would change the current requirements for marketing livestock and poultry in the United States.

The Congressmen emphasized to the Secretary that if the rule would become final, producers and processors would be severely limited in their ability to contract with one another, creating uncertainty for both parties. Also, consumers would be adversely affected where they would find fewer options of meat and poultry products and at higher prices at the grocery store. The members said that if USDA and GIPSA do move forward then USDA should provide a comment period of a minimum of 180 days for stakeholders to analyze and comment on the proposed rules. 

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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