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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Big-Meat Beg Senators for Analysis of Rule

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), this week sent a letter signed by 11 of his colleagues to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him to follow through on his pledge to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of changes to livestock marketing regulations proposed by the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration. Vilsack pledged in a recent meeting with meat industry officials that USDA would conduct "a far more rigorous cost-benefit analysis" of the proposed GIPSA livestock rule.

It is estimated that the rule would cost the pork industry, alone, $333 million annually after an initial $69 million expense. The National Pork Producers Council, in comments filed last month, asked that GIPSA withdraw all portions of the proposed rule that went beyond the five issues Congress asked it to address.

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