A three judge panel has ruled that a farmer does not have to show harm to competition as a whole to bring a case under the Packers and Stockyards Act. NFU President Roger Johnson says, a fair, open and competitive marketplace is essential to the survival of our nation's family farms. According to Johnson, the court's ruling will ensure that producers can take action and be protected under the Packers and Stockyards Act.
The decision is under review and according to Johnson, this ruling must be upheld or the legal remedies described in the act will be virtually impossible for farmers to access. To that end, a number of agriculture organizations have shown their support of independent producers by signing an amicus brief filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.