For your convenience, we have included some sample language that may be used, or adapted, to comment on the GIPSA IFR. That language, as well as, the submission link and details are found below:Link to Submit GIPSA Comments by June 12th Or you may mail in your comment to: M. Irene Omade, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2542A-S, Washington, DC, 20250-3613 *Note* If you choose to write in a comment, please ensure to make reference to the date and page number of the issue of the Federal Register: 9 CFR Part 201, Federal Register Number 201707361, posted on April 12, 2017 Draft Comment: Dear M. Irene Omade, GIPSA, USDA: I am writing to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to let the Interim Final Rule on Competitive Injury to become effective immediately. This long-overdue, but essential, rule takes important steps to ensure that ranchers and farmers are treated fairly and have some safeguards against unfair buying and marketing practices from meatpackers. The competitive injury rule would make clear that ranchers contesting unfair meatpacker contracting and buying practices do not have to prove harm to the whole market to prove a practice is unfair. The Packers & Stockyards Act was designed to protect farmers from all unfair treatment by the companies, not just anticompetitive practices. This commonsense protection has been stalled at USDA for too long, and needs to be in place and enforced. The competitive injury rule is necessary to restore fairness for producers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. I urge USDA to let the rule become effective On October 19. Thank you for this opportunity to provide comments on this important rule.
We have now entered a critical phase in our long-running efforts to reform GIPSA regulations to ensure fairness for livestock farmers. Now we need you to join us in submitting comments to the USDA by June 12th! More info is below along with updates on where things stand.