House lawmakers are asking the USDA to conduct a more detailed economic analysis of the proposed GIPSA rule before the regulation becomes final.
A letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, signed by 115 House members, says the regulations “greatly exceed” the mandate of the farm bill. It says the rule would have “major consequences” in the marketing of livestock and poultry, thus the need for a thorough economic analysis.
Applauding the request are the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC president Sam Carney says it’s “unfathomable” that a major regulation such as the GIPSA rule doesn’t have an analysis of its impact on the economy.