The U.S. Department of Agriculture has forwarded a stripped-down version of new Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review before final implementation. The rules forwarded to OMB retain the provisions on poultry production and marketing, but leave out major provisions strongly opposed by meatpackers and several beef producer groups.
Submitted to OMB are provisions that relate to delivery of birds, additional capital investment criteria, breach of contract and arbitration. OMB has 45 days to review the rules, at which time the rule will be published in the Federal Register and implemented over the following 60 days.
Several restrictions on livestock marketing were omitted from the rule’s final version, including the proposed ban on packer-to-packer sales, restricted multiple packer buyer affiliations and required records to justify prices paid. USDA indicates other provisions from the proposed rule remain under consideration.