USDA a Step Closer to Unveiling GIPSA Revisions
The 2016 GIPSA regulations – originally designed to set more current standards for the relationship between packers and food animal suppliers under the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921– were proposed by the Obama administration as mandated in the 2008 Farm Bill. However, the Trump administration withdrew parts of GIPSA in 2017 just before a legal challenge filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2018.
USDA now is expected to offer a revised GIPSA rule for public comment this fall, a move that could revive challenges from the beef, pork and poultry industries. The North American Meat Institute in 2017 said the 2016 GIPSA proposal would hurt farmers and ranchers, while the National Chicken Council said the old version was "likely to inflict billions of dollars of economic harm to American agriculture." The National Pork Producers Council also released a statement at the time opposing any regulation that restricts the ability of producers to sell hogs or limits a packer's ability to buy livestock.