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Comment extension for Packers and Stockyards Act Rulemaking welcome news

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Comment extension for Packers and Stockyards Act Rulemaking welcome news

USDA has extended the comment period for the proposed Packaging and Warehouse Act rulemaking.

Tanner Beymer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the rule raises more questions than it answers.

He says regulation is significant work, and says the organization is urging the USDA to proceed in a cautious and deliberative manner. “Forty-five days is welcome,” he says. “I don’t know that it necessarily addresses the substantive question the agency is asking commenters in the rule itself. But it’s a good step in the right direction.”

He tells Brownfield that it’s critical that the USDA gets the rule right. “Livestock markets are some of the most complex in the world,” he says. “If we make small tweaks here and there, they can have a pretty big impact on how we do business.”

Beymer says the Packers and Stockyards Act’s proposed rule spans 180 pages, asks 44 specific questions and covers more than 14 years of regulatory history. NCBA and other national livestock partners requested the extension last month in a letter to the USDA. In addition, a coalition obtained 100 bipartisan signatures on a letter to Congress led by Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA) and Steve Womack (R-AR).

He says the original 60-day comment period was too short for stakeholders to provide meaningful feedback.

AUDIO: Tanner Beymer, NCBA



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