Waco, Tx (September 5, 2007) - A handful of big corporations control our food supply and markets. This economic power lets these corporations manipulate markets, stifle free market competition, and short change livestock farmers and consumers.
There's a three-part fix, however, that should be part of the new Farm Bill—a Livestock Title, captive supply reform, and a ban on packer ownership of livestock.
The livestock Title would set standards for contracts, end use of mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts, and let the U.S. Department of Agriculture bring enforcement actions against poultry dealers. It also would require good faith bargaining between processors and farm groups and set up a special counsel to ensure better rulemaking and enforcement capabilities within USDA.
Captive supply reform would return market competition for livestock contracts by requiring contracts to have a fixed base price negotiated in an open, public market.
A packer ban would prohibit packers to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.
Call Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson at 202-224-5922 and John Cornyn at 202-224-2934, and tell them to fix the markets, restore competition, and improve economic opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by supporting the Livestock Title, captive supply reform, and the packer ban in the Farm Bill.
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