The tremendous progress of America's meat and poultry industry is in jeopardy due to a proposed rule from USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA),” charges American Meat Institute (AMI) President and CEO, J. Patrick Boyle, in a letter to the editor in a recent issue of the Des Moines Register.

The proposed rule would adversely affect the use of marketing agreements by livestock producers and processors because of a threat of legal jeopardy, Boyle explains.

“These agreements were initiated by producers and have been mutually beneficial to producers and processors. In addition, these agreements benefit consumers, who enjoy a consistent, quality product because processors are better able to procure the types of livestock that yield those products,” he says.

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