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16 August 2010
National Farmers Union

US - National Farmers' Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson praised the 21 US Senators who signed a letter addressed to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, with regards to the proposed rule published by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) in the Federal Register of June 22, 2010

The proposed rules address concerns that have been discussed for many years and were developed at the direction of the 2008 Farm Bill, which requires USDA to carry out specific rulemaking to improve fairness in the marketing of livestock and poultry.

“On behalf of US farmers and ranchers, I thank the 21 Senators who have signed onto this letter,” said Johnson. “The establishment of greater stability through transparency in the marketplace is of utmost importance for the future of the livestock industry in this country.”

The letter urges Secretary Vilsack “to issue a final rule as expeditiously as possible once the comment period is closed and the Department (USDA) has reviewed the comments and made any appropriate modifications to the proposed rule.”

“The proposed rule is a significant step in the right direction to provide our producers with the means to sell their products in a fair marketplace,” said Mr Johnson. “The process for passing this rule has already been slowed due to an extension for the comment period being granted. I urge Secretary Vilsack to issue a final rule as soon as practically feasible after the comment period is closed.”

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