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Conference Name Producer Education in the Legal Arena: The Proposed GIPSA Rule Changes

Shannon Mirus


In June 2010, GIPSA, the federal agency responsible for issuing regulations that govern contracting, buying and selling of livestock and poultry, proposed new rules that have the potential to drastically change the way that producers, packers, dealers and contractors raise, buy, and sell livestock and poultry. The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas hosted a series of workshops, including a webinar, for poultry and livestock producers to provide more information about these proposed rules. At these workshops, staff attorneys provided an overview of GIPSA´s proposed rule changes for poultry and livestock, reviewed the UDSA rule making process, explained how to submit comments on the proposed rules, and included a question and answer session. The goal of the workshops was to provide information to producers so that they could better participate in the notice and comment rule making process. All workshops were free and open to the public.

Participants were asked to complete a short evaluation after the workshops. The data collected provided valuable information on how producers learned about the workshops, their plans for participating in the rule making process and how legal information might be better presented to producers.

The National Agricultural Law Center, the nation’s leading source for agricultural and food law information, is the only center of its kind, providing independent, non-biased information to the agricultural community.