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The GIPSA Rule is a rule proposed in 2010 that is intended to promote fairness in competition in the livestock industry. It is named after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, GIPSA. The rule was proposed by GIPSA following the 2008 farm bill, which instructed the agency to correct anticompetitive practices in the livestock industry. As Paul Acton, president of the Kansas Cattlemen's Association says, "The Packers and Stockyards Act is a law, a law that has not been adequately enforced and the GIPSA rule merely clarifies and enforces the law as it was intended."[1] However, the GIPSA rule was met with strong opposition by many meatpacking and agribusiness groups, resulting in action by the U.S. House of Representatives intended to delay or prevent the rule's implementation.[2]

GIPSA Rule Proponents

The following groups support the GIPSA Rule:[3]

GIPSA Rule Opponents

The following groups oppose the GIPSA Rule:

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  1. "GIPSA rule takes detour," High Plains Journal, July 2011, Accessed July 26, 2011.
  2. Andrea J. Cook, "GIPSA rule threatened when House pulls funding," Rapid City Journal, June 28, 2011, Accessed July 26, 2011.
  3. Letter in Support of the GIPSA Rule, November 22, 2010.
  4. "[ Ten Key Facts About the Proposed GIPSA Rule]," American Meat Institute, Accessed July 26, 2011.
  5. "Lawmakers Urge Vilsack To Scrap GIPSA Rule," National Hog Farmer, May 19, 2011, Accessed July 26, 2011.

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