Inside Washington: GIPSA uproar overstated?

USDA seems to be focusing on poultry contracts, while opposition from hog and beef producers fears changes to marketing arrangements.

This week, both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees held hearings to hear from livestock industry groups, and a main theme was regarding Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s decision to move forward on a Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) marketing rule that resulted from language included in the 2008 farm bill.

The drama started a few months ago when Vilsack made comments at the National Farmers Union that his agency was going to bring back

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