January 3, 2019

Court backs USDA in axing GIPSA rules

A U.S. District Court has sided with the Trump administration’s USDA in withdrawing the Farmer Fair Practices Rules pushed through in the waning days of the Obama administration.

The controversial rules included an interim rule that would no longer require a showing of injury to overall market competition to claim a violation under the Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration law.

The rules, which were to go into effect in February 2017, were delayed by USDA and then withdrawn in October 2017.

The Organization for Competitive Markets filed a petition for review of USDA’s actions with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., in December¬† 2017.

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