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Extension of GIPSA Comment Period Pleases AFBF

by 5m Editor
27 July 2010, at 9:10am

US - Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) yesterday said that the organisation is pleased that the Agriculture Department’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has extended its comment period by 90 days on its Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rule.

AFBF initially requested a 120-day extension to better analyse the economic and legal impacts of the rule on producers.

“The rule’s regulatory changes will impact each operation differently. The impact of this rule on producers will vary depending on the type of animal produced on an operation, the ways the producer markets his or her product, and the location of a producer’s operation relative to slaughter and processing facilities. Many other portions of the rule go beyond those issues clearly covered in Farm Bureau policy and will require additional analysis," said Mr Stallman.

He also said AFBF appreciates GIPSA’s consideration of the organisation's concerns. "We look forward to commenting on the rule after additional analysis,” he said.

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