Key Proposals In GIPSA Rules

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Require meat plants and commercial buyers of livestock and poultry to maintain written records that justify variations in prices offered to producers.

Make it a violation to offer better prices to big producers who can provide larger volumes of livestock than to smaller producers who, collectively, can provide the same number and quality of livestock.

Define unfair and anti-competitive practices so violators can be punished in court. An example would be using inaccurate scales to weigh poultry.

Require commercial livestock buyers to work with only one meat packer.

Prevent a meat packer from buying livestock from another packer. This would prevent collusion and open the market to more participants, the USDA said.

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