The Organization for Competitive Markets has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the withdrawal of the interim final rule, which was an update to the Grain Inspections, Packers, and Stockyards Act of 1921.
The OCM sees the rule as protection for family farmers and ranchers in sales of live animals to meat and poultry processors. Meating Place Dot Com says the interim final rule was known as the Fair Farmer Practice Rule, a set of regulations the processing industry widely opposed. The lawsuit seeks to reinstate the interim final rule. In a news release, OCM says those rules, “prohibit major meat and poultry producers who contract with farmers from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices.”
The group also says the rule would have allowed farmers and ranchers to hold businesses accountable for practices like retaliation, bad faith cancellation of contracts, or attempting to force farmers out of the market. The Organization for Competitive Markets filed the suit as a Petition for Review in the Eighth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.