USDA announced a 90-day extension to the comment period on the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) “undue preferences rule” that would place certain restrictions on how livestock are marketed. The proposal published June 22, 2010, with a 60-day comment period.

As a result of the extension, comments will now be due by November 22, 2010.

In announcing the extension, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos acknowledged the many requests for and against extensions of the comment period and said, “We take these requests very seriously. We feel it is important that producers and other stakeholders have adequate time to comment on the proposed rule.”

AMI President J. Patrick Boyle, who had requested a 120-day extension, called the move “a step in the right direction” given the size and scope of the rule, but one that should have gone further.

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