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Petition urges Congress to finalize GIPSA rulesPetition urges Congress to finalize GIPSA rules

P. Scott Shearer

June 20, 2016

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Petition urges Congress to finalize GIPSA rules

A coalition led by the Rural Advancement Foundation International delivered a petition signed by over 62,000 “concerned advocates” to Congress demanding they allow USDA to finalize the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration rules that would protect the rights of poultry contract growers and ensure fair treatment. 

Previous proposed GIPSA rules would have eased the legal standards in which producers could sue processors for “unfair” practices. The Fiscal Year ’17 agricultural appropriations bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee prevents USDA from finalizing any proposed GIPSA rules. The Senate bill does not contain any limitations.

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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