With controversial legislative issues such as the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Rule, the potential Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and the potential pending livestock regulations from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looming over Illinois livestock producers, the Illinois Beef Association’s (IBA) Legislative Committee and leaders made an urgent trip to Washington DC, last week to meet with Illinois Congressional and Senate Officials.

IBA Directors discussed with lawmakers how the proposed GIPSA Rule can hurt the beef industry and create a trial lawyers bonanza and jeopardize alternative marketing arrangements that allow cattlemen and women to get paid for the value they have and dictate the way livestock producers market their animals. Studies by John Dunham and Associates indicated that the GIPSA rule has the potential to reduce the U.S. GDP by $14 billion, put 104,000 Americans out of work, increase retail prices by 3.33 percent and reduce consumer demand by 1.68 percent