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USDA/GIPSA RIN: 0580-AB26 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: ●Tournament Systems and Poultry Growing Arrangements 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) plans to propose amending part 201 of the Regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) (7U.S.C.181 229c) to address the use of tournament systems as a method of payment and settlement grouping for poultry growers under contract in poultry growing arrangements with live poultry dealers. The proposed regulation would establish certain requirements to which a live poultry dealer must comply if a tournament system is going to be utilized to determine grower payment. These requirements would help to ensure fairness for poultry growers who are currently being paid according to a ranking system regardless of type and kind of poultry, age range, and target weight of birds. A live poultry dealer’s failure to comply would be deemed an unfair, unjustly discriminatory and deceptive practice according to factors outlined in the proposed rule.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 201   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-246    7 U.S.C. 181 to 229c   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Proposed Rule  09/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Raymond Dexter Thomas II
Lead Regulatory Analyst
Department of Agriculture
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2530-South,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 720-6529
Fax:202 690-2173