New rules aimed at helping small producers
Government announces new measures
A new set of proposed rules announced by the Obama administration will change how the U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces the Packers and Stockyards Act. According to a report in the New York Times, the new measures seek to increase competition and stop possible unfair practices by bigger meatpackers and poultry processors.
According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the rules aim to make the relationship between packers and producers and the farmers more fair and transparent. But trade groups criticize the proposed rules, saying they will slow progress and increase litigation.