South Dakota Stockgrowers Association applauds Senators on GIPSA |

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association applauds Senators on GIPSA

South Dakota Stockgrowers were excited to learn of the recent letter sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, signed by 21 Senators in support of this country’s livestock producers.

Stockgrowers’ president Kenny Fox, from Belvidere, SD, said “South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, always a staunch supporter of livestock producers in our great state, along with Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, has secured the signature of 19 bipartisan colleagues who support the proposed rule.”

The proposed rule which was recently announced by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is the result of directives in the 2008 Farm Bill that instructed GIPSA to provide rules which would in effect “put some teeth in the P&SA”

The proposed rule is designed to provide protection to the individual, grassroots, livestock producers in a number of ways. It will clarify certain conduct as “unfair, unjustly discriminatory or is a deceptive practice or device.” It establishes that a producer who is the victim of unfair, and/or deceptive practices is able to file suit without having to prove damage to the entire industry if he/she is the recipient of such practices.

It also prohibits a packer who needs to fill a week’s supply from utilizing a captive supply by procuring from another packer, thus staying out of the open market. The rule seeks to improve market transparency.

Fox said “South Dakota Stockgrowers are again thankful to Senators Johnson, Harkin and 19 other senators who understand the 2008 Farm Bill and realize the need for a level playing field which will allow cow/calf producers and small feeders to receive their fair share of the beef dollar.”

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