The American Feed Industry Association has added its weight to comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture protesting proposed rules by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration regulating the meat processing industry with respect to contracts between farmers and processors.

It is the contention of the American Feed Industry Association and other industry associations that the proposed rules would distort traditional economic relationships and deviates from the intent of Congress as delineated in the 2008 Farm Bill. “Most likely economic effects of this change would be a reduction of performance-based competition among growers, which could lead to them not reinvesting in the industry, a reduced rate of capital investment, a reduced rate of efficiency, and higher animal prices,” said AFIA president and CEO Joel G. Newman.