The USDA issued new guidance on how to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act. The enforcement policy now highlights how problematic provisions of the 2020 undue preferences rule will not apply to cases protecting producers from retaliation and racial discrimination. This policy now highlights the USDA’s position a violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act doesn’t require a show of harm to competition. Read the press release. In a statement, National Farmers Union President Rob Larew welcomed the new guidance. Larew said it is also encouraging to see the USDA reiterate its intention to issue three new proposed rules that could strengthen the Packers and Stockyards Act.
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