PRESS STATEMENT June 19, 2012
HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THREATENS CRITICAL USDA RULE, FARMERS, ADVOCATES SAYWASHINGTON, D.C. – The version of the FY2013 agriculture appropriations bill passed by the Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives today would overturn a rule that provides important protections from unfair treatment to thousands of American contract poultry growers. Representative Kaptur’s amendment to uphold the 2011 USDA Grain Inspectors, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule during the appropriations process was defeated early this afternoon. The GIPSA rule has extended new rights to contract farmers, who often incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and have contracts that may only last a few months:
- Companies can no longer force farmers to spend money on expensive equipment upgrades without proper compensation.
- The federal Packers and Stockyards Act, which has provided some key protections for broiler chicken farmers, now protects pullet growers and breeders as well.
- Farmers have some protection from financial loss when they receive a flock late through no fault of their own.