Writing to the editor of the Des Moines Register, American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle, says the tremendous progress of America's meat and poultry industry is in jeopardy due to a proposed rule from USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. Boyle explained that the proposed rule would adversely affect the use of marketing agreements by livestock producers and processors because of a threat of legal jeopardy. AMI wants the rule withdrawn.
"These agreements were initiated by producers and have been mutually beneficial to producers and processors," Boyle wrote. "In addition, these agreements benefit consumers, who enjoy a consistent, quality product because processors are better able to procure the types of livestock that yield those products."
The proposed rule lacks a comprehensive economic-impact analysis, a fact that has been criticized in writing by nearly 115 members of Congress. Boyle says an economic-impact study found that the rule would cost the nation 104,000 jobs and approximately $14 billion in total revenue.