(WASHINGTON) –Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that the effective date of the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Rule would be delayed until October, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement from USCA Marketing Committee Chairman Allan Sents:

“Once again, efforts to advance competition and transparency in the cattle market have been stalled.  Clarifications within the Packers and Stockyards Act that would define true price discovery and combat anti-competitive buying practices are being left on the table.  The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration must be equipped with the tools necessary to provide adequate oversight of our industry and the Farmer Fair Practices Rules are a starting point to work that is still needed.  USCA will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure these needed clarifications are moved forward.”

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.

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