NFU President Urges Implementation of GIPSA Rule as Soon as Possible

21 09 2011

WASHINGTON (September 21, 2011) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged President Barack Obama to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) rule as quickly as possible.

“The rule was first proposed more than a year ago, in June 2010,” said Johnson. “This rule must be enacted now, because each day we are seeing more livestock operations close. The concentration of packing operations leaves producers with an uncompetitive market where they cannot get a fair price for their product. Since 1980, nearly 90 percent of hog producers and 40 percent of beef producers have gone out of business. Yet, opponents of the rule continue to do everything they can to delay the rule’s implementation and even defund it completely.”


Implementation of the GIPSA rule would also preserve rural American jobs.


“The GIPSA rule will help create jobs in rural America by creating a fair and competitive livestock marketplace for farmers and ranchers, helping family farmers stay in business,” said Johnson. “The average farm family has 4.5 people. Every time a livestock producer is forced out of business because of unfair practices, that rural community has five fewer people to purchase products from the local grocery store, local hardware store, or anywhere else in the local economy. When a large corporate farm buys a ranch, too often the money earned is sent to a corporate office in another state, instead of local communities. President Obama must act quickly to implement the GIPSA rule now, so rural communities will continue to thrive.”

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