Transparency in the Service of Fair and Competitive Markets for Poultry Growers: USDA Proposes New Poultry Tournament Rule and Seeks Comment on Additional Rulemaking Approaches Under the Packers and Stockyards Act

Posted by Andy Green, Senior Advisor for Competitive Markets inFarming

Jun 09, 2022

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USDA is targeted on constructing new, extra, fairer, and extra resilient markets for our farmers, ranchers, and producers. To assist get there, USDA printed the first of a number of precedence initiatives supporting enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act, which protects poultry growers and livestock producers from unfair, misleading, and anti-competitive practices.

The proposed rule, Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments will assist poultry growers keep away from deception and compete extra successfully by offering disclosures of essential data to growers after they enter right into a contract and over the course of the poultry rising association.

The proposed rule would require poultry corporations to supply growers with a Live Poultry Dealer Disclosure Document with key data about lifelike outcomes earlier than making essential contracting choices, together with making further capital investments.

The rule additionally would require tournament-specific disclosures to poultry growers paid utilizing a poultry grower rating system. These disclosures would supply essential details about the inputs they obtain at the level of receiving the inputs. These placement disclosures will enhance growers’ potential to watch points and compete in real-time utilizing the inputs they obtain.

The rule would additionally present enter disclosure at the time of settlement to indicate the distribution of the inputs along with the housing specification and any feed disruptions for all the growers in the event. These settlement disclosures may also forestall deception, allow growers to know the relative significance of inputs, housing investments, abilities and efforts; and allow them to plan and enhance their potential to compete and ship optimistic outcomes.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which administers and enforces the Act via its Packers and Stockyards Division, invitations stakeholders and the public to evaluation and remark on the proposed rule till Aug. 8, 2022, at

Additionally, USDA is searching for remark via an advance discover of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on what further steps we might take to reinforce equity and deal with considerations about the event system. The ANPR, Poultry Growing Tournament Systems: Fairness and Related Concerns, can also be obtainable for remark till Sept. 6, 2022, at

Finally, the just lately launched report, Agricultural Competition: A Plan in Support of Fair and Competitive Markets has extra about USDA’s efforts to create truthful and aggressive markets.

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