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USDA/GIPSA RIN: 0580-AB07 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act 
Abstract: GIPSA has proposed regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, that clarify when certain conduct in the livestock and poultry industries represents the making or giving of an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage or subjects a person or locality to an undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage. These proposed regulations would also establish criteria that GIPSA will consider in determining whether a live poultry dealer has provided reasonable notice to poultry growers of any suspension of the delivery of birds under a poultry growing arrangement; when a requirement of additional capital investments over the life of a poultry growing arrangement or swine production contract constitutes a violation of the P&S Act; and whether a live poultry dealer or swine contractor has provided a reasonable period of time for a poultry grower or a swine production contract grower to remedy a breach of contract that could lead to termination of the poultry growing arrangement or swine production contract. The Farm Bill also instructed the Secretary to promulgate regulations to ensure that producers and growers are afforded the opportunity to fully participate in the arbitration process if they so choose. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 201   
Legal Authority: 7 USC 181   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    06/18/2010 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/22/2010  75 FR 35338   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/23/2010    
NPRM Comment Period Extended  11/22/2010    
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
H. Tess Butler
Regulatory Liaison
Department of Agriculture
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
STOP 3604, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-7486
Fax:202 690-2173