FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2017
National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, [email protected]
U.S. Cattlemen’s Association: Lia Biondo, 202-870-1552, [email protected]
WASHINGTON – In less than three weeks, a rule to protect family farmers and ranchers from the worst abuses of concentrated markets will go into effect, barring any setbacks from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
On the heels of a listening session on regulations hosted by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) are calling on Secretary Perdue to allow the one of the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, an interim final rule on “competitive injury,” to be finalized. The two national organizations released the following statement:
“This month, family farmers, ranchers and growers will finally receive the most basic, commonsense protection against abusive practices that occur as a result of extremely consolidated market power in the beef, pork and chicken industries.
“For the past seven years, the USDA has written, solicited comment, and rewritten, this ‘competitive injury’ rule and associated rules several times, only to have industry groups funded by the meatpacking conglomerates stall their progress through backchannel legislative and regulatory means. The rule is a clarification that is required for family farmers to remain protected under the Packers and Stockyards Act.
“NFU and USCA appreciate Secretary Perdue’s willingness to engage with family producers and advocacy groups on this issue during Monday’s listening session. We urge the Secretary to stand up for American family farmers, ranchers and independent producers by allowing this rule to be finalized.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership. Look for NFU online at NFU.org, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development. For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.