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USDA to Proceed with Poultry Transparency Program Amid Congressional Calls for Delay

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Despite pressure from U.S. lawmakers to postpone its start, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is set to launch its poultry contract transparency program as scheduled in early 202

The purpose of this document is to provide growers with essential information to understand the potential business outcomes of selling their animals to processors. This rule serves as an update to the century-old Packers and Stockyards Act, aimed at curbing anti-competitive practices in the agricultural sector.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack confirmed the program’s on-time commencement in February 2024. He addressed concerns about the program’s demands, stating that the required information is already readily accessible, as reported by Tri-State Livestock News.

However, this decision faces opposition from nearly 20 members of the U.S. Congress, who have requested a minimum 180-day extension to the rule’s implementation date.

In a jointly signed letter, these lawmakers argue that the USDA has underestimated the complexity involved in adhering to the new rule. They express concerns about potential business disruptions that could arise from the creation of new documents and the challenges of managing compliance and regulatory oversight.

Despite these concerns, the USDA is moving forward with the program, emphasising its commitment to enhancing transparency and fairness in the poultry sector.