Vilsack, Lucas, NCBA & R-CALF USA lock horns over GIPSA proposed rule

By Stewart Doan

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Washington, Oct. 20 - Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has declined a request by 115 House members for USDA to conduct a comprehensive economic study of livestock and poultry marketing reforms proposed by USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). In a letter to each lawmaker, Vilsack says USDA is not obligated to do additional cost-benefit analysis until after the period for public comments on the controversial rule ends.

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To read Sec. Vilsack's letter to Ranking Member Lucas, go to: http://agri-pulse.com/uploaded/USDA_Lucas_re_GIPSA.pdf

Stewart Doan has reaction to the letter from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and R-CALF USA here: www.agri-pulse.com/Audio-SpecialUpdate.asp

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