Ag Groups Respond to New USDA’s Proposed Poultry Rules

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Ag groups responded to USDA’s proposed poultry marketing disclosure requirements and the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking under the Packers and Stockyards Act. American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says his organization appreciates USDA working to create more transparency in the poultry industry. “Farmers deserve to know what they are getting into and understand how they are getting paid,” he says. “Making sure farmers have access to important information about their poultry company, inputs, stocking densities, and feed disruptions is good for everyone in the food value chain.” He says there are no easy answers and that AFB will review these proposals in detail. National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says poultry growers have endured an unfair contracting system for far too long. “All livestock producers continue facing heavily concentrated markets with insufficient protections from anti-competitive practices,” Larew says. “We’re happy with the first in a series of three rules that are being introduced.”

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