Competition Issues

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Packers and Stockyards Division’s (PSD) Proposed Rule: Undue and Unreasonable Preferences or Advantages Under the Packers and Stockyards Act

– 2.20.2020 – PRESS RELEASE – Ranch Group Seeks Comment Period Extension in USDA’s Undue Preference Rule

– 2.20.2020 – R-CALF USA’s Request for Extension of Time: Undue and Unreasonable Preferences and Advantages Under the Packers and Stockyards Act, Proposed Rule

J. Dudley Butler, former Administrator of GIPSA, Letter on Secretary Perdue’s Decision on the GIPSA rule October 20, 2017

United States Senators Grassley and Tester’s Letter to Secretary Perdue on The GIPSA Rule October 18, 2017

R-CALF USA’s Comments on the Proposed GIPSA Rule November 22, 2010 (PDF 2 MB)

August 27, 2010 Workshop in Ft. Collins, Colo. – Here’s the transcript!

Or watch sections of the event!


House FY 2015 Anti-GIPSA Rider Joint LetterMay 19, 2014 (PDF 69K)

Senate FY 2015 Anti-GIPSA Rider Joint Letter May 19, 2014 (PDF 69K)

Letter Opposing Senate FY 2013 CR GiPSA Rider March 3, 2013 PDF (47K)

Cover Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee in Support of GIPSA Rule September 7, 2011 (PDF 9.4K)

Joint Letter to Senate Members Agriculture and Appropriations Committees on GIPSA Rule August 3, 2011 (PDF 77K)

R-CALF USA Nebraska Petition In Support of Finalizing the Competition Rule July 2011 (PDF 132K)

Congressional anti-GIPSA Rule Letter May 18, 2011 (PDF 4 MB)

R-CALF USA’s Presentation, “State of the U.S. Cattle Industry” May 2, 2011 (PDF 360K)

GIPSA’s Proposed Rule published in the Federal Register June 22, 2010 (PDF 127 K)

R-CALF USA Member Judy McCullough’s Testimony during a U.S. House and Senate Staff Briefing February 28, 2011 (PDF 13K)

Chart:  Average Weekly Steer Price for the 10 Weeks Prior to Aug. 27 USDA/DOJ Hearing in Ft. Collins, Colo. (PDF 12K)

GIPSA’s Complaint Against JBS regarding Hogs September 30, 2010 (PDF 177K)

Joint Congressional Letter Attacking GIPSA Rule October 1, 2010 (PDF 799K)

Understanding How GIPSA Rule Will Benefit All Cattle Producers  by R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard

R-CALF USA’s Memo to GIPSA, DOJ and USDA regarding the loss of competition

R-CALF USA’s Briefing Paper on the GIPSA Rule August 16, 2010 (PDF 33K)

Senate Letter to Secretary Vilsack Supporting the GIPSA Rule August 13, 2010 (PDF 479K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to GIPSA Regarding US Premium Beef Analysis July 28, 2010 (PDF 78K)

R-CALF USA’s Briefing Paper on GIPSA Rule July 26, 2010 (PDF 40K)

GIPSA – Misconceptions Explained Fact Sheet on Proposed Competition July 26, 2010 (PDF 14 K)

Joint Letter to House Agriculture Committee Regarding GIPSA Rule July 23, 2010 (PDF 22K)

Senate letter to Secretary Vilsack regarding GIPSA July 21, 2010 (PDF 208K)

Group Calls USDA Rulemaking “Bold” and “Absolutely Essential” 06/18/10

Example of Cost Plus Cattle Contract, IBP 2000 (PDF 167K)

Example of Cattle Contract with Confidentiality Clause, Packerland (PDF 105K)

Example of Feeding Contract based on Price (PDF 397K)