The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has requested a 120-day extension to the public comment period for USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's proposed rule on livestock marketing. The proposed rule suggests major changes to the way producers can market their cattle.
In a letter sent to GIPSA Administrator J. Dudley Butler, NCBA President Steve Foglesong reiterated NCBA's concerns with the proposed rule and emphasized the need for additional time to thoroughly analyze its potential legal and economic impacts on U.S. cattle producers. Foglesong says it's extremely important to thoroughly understand the rule and both its intended, and unintended, consequences on the U.S. cattle community.
NCBA believes the scope of the proposed rule goes well beyond what Congress intended under the 2008 Farm Bill. According to Foglesong, NCBA believes this rule jeopardizes long-standing marketing arrangements that compensate producers for providing higher quality cattle.