National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson expects the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rules will change as the comment procedure advances and there is serious consideration of the economic impact of the rule.
According to Johnson, this Farmer and Rancher Bill of Rights ensures that producers have a right to have their contracts reviewed by an attorney or financial specialist. It provides that producers have a right to competition in the marketplace and it prevents packers or integrators from colluding against or blackballing farmers or ranchers for exercising their right to free speech.
Meanwhile, American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle says that if the rule moves forward nearly 105,000 jobs will be lost, along with $14 billion in overall economic activity generated by the meat and poultry industry.
"Federal and state taxes generated by the meat and poultry industry will decrease by $80 billion," Boyle said. "And meat and poultry prices will increase by 3.3% and cost Americans $2.7 billion dollars in higher prices."
Panel discussions will be held at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. this Wednesday by both proponents of the proposed rule as well as those opposed to the rule. Johnson will participate in the panel in favor of GIPSA Wednesday morning along with R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard; David Domina, lead attorney in Pickett v. Tyson class action lawsuit; and Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias' Mike Weaver.
Later in the day representatives of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation and the National Meat Association will release the results of an economic analysis of the rule and hold their own panel discussion.