Stockgrowers disappointed in GIPSA rule
Shane Kolb, president of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, ranches with his family near Meadow, S.D.
Kolb said, "We are deeply disappointed in the modified GIPSA rule that was sent to the Office of Management and Budget last week. After 16 months of work and waiting for USDA to act on this rule, the independent ranch families in South Dakota deserved more. While the final rule does provide some protections to the contract poultry growers, it does nothing for the cattle industry.
"The provisions that would have reformed packer to packer sales, defined competitive injury of producers, and created definitions for unfair practices do not seem to be in the final rule. These critical parts of the proposed GIPSA rule are still sitting at USDA and it is becoming increasingly important that USDA finalize the entire GIPSA rule. We feel strongly that these are critical reforms for cattle producers in South Dakota."
Vaughn Meyer is the chair of the SD Stockgrowers marketing Committee and ranches with his family near Reva, S.D.
Meyer said, "South Dakota cattle and sheep producers were short-changed last week when the USDA forwarded portions of the GIPSA rules on livestock marketing to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The version as presented contained many long awaited protections for the poultry and pork industry but was stripped of marketing protections for beef producers.
"The original directive to establish agriculture marketing protections (GIPSA Rules) was authorized to USDA by congress under the 2008 farm bill. The USDA decision to yield to the pressures of big business by not enforcing the Packers and Stock Yards Act will have a profound negative impact on the survivability of our livestock producers in the United States."
Meyer continued, "The lack of current protections for our industry is definitely not the end of this endeavor for fair, open, transparent and competitive markets for farmers and ranchers. South Dakota Stockgrowers, representing family livestock producers, along with many other producer organizations have worked tirelessly to include producer concerns for fair and open markets which will keep farm families and our main street businesses viable for future generations.
"The omission of beef measures in the current proposals intensifies the responsibility of independent producers to work cooperatively and relentlessly to ensure a future for family production agriculture and a safe- affordable food supply for our urban consumer friends."
For over 120 years the mission of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association has remained unchanged, "to promote and protect the South Dakota livestock industry." The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is a grassroots organization representing independent livestock producers on local, state and national policies that impact the livestock industry.