What's Happening Now-Unfair Competition

Take Action to Support the Proposed Rule Pulbished by the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on June 2, 2010--Deadline November 22, 2010

Over the last three decades, a hand full of the largest meat packing companies have heavily concentrated and controlled livestock markets. Tyson, Excel, JBS-Brazil and National Beef, presently control about 88% of all cattle slaughtered in addition to controlling interests in poultry and hog markets.....(09/02/2010)

Livestock Marketing Fairness Act

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator John Tester (D-MT) introduced the "Livestock Marketing Fairness Act".  This bill would prohibit the use of anti-competitive forward contracts and marketing agreements and required forward contracts be traded in open and public market places.

This legislation awaits congressional action at this time.

Undue Preference Rulemaking

In the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress directed the United State Department of Agriculture to fully define what constitutes unfair advantage or "Undue Preference" within the Packers & Stockyards Act. 

The Undue Preference Rulemaking was opened with draft rules on June 22.  The original comment period has been extended to November 23, 2010.

These rules offer reforms for many practices which big packer/monopolies have used to manipulate price and livestock supplies to their advantage - and to the detriment of independent ranchers and farmers. 

*Please check back for updates and information to comment on this critically important Undue Preference rulemaking.