USDA is planning to propose changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act. The agriculture department plans to provide clarity to strengthen and enforce marketing practices; propose a new poultry grower tournament system rule; and re-propose a rule to clarify that parties don’t need to demonstrate harm to competition to bring an action under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The 100-year-old law was originally designed to protect poultry, hog and cattle producers from unfair, deceptive and anti-competitive market practices. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said farmers and ranchers deserve a transparent and fair market. “This is about making sure producers get a fair shake in the market and to have that fair shake there has to be competition.”
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