Will there be a new investigator position at USDA?

The debate continues on Capitol Hill over whether meat and poultry processors are unfairly hiking prices.

The House Ag Committee is voting at 11 a.m. Eastern today to decide on creating a special investigator position at the USDA, and the two sides seem split down the aisle.

“The bill could create a duplicative unfunded office within the Office of the Secretary headed by special investigator, with a mandate to investigate packers and live poultry dealers. The investigator would be granted independent litigation authority, allowing them carte blanche power to file civil suits against packers at the whims of the Secretary without any required coordination with DOJ.”

“This bill gives USDA better law enforcement tools through new litigation power. However, I want to reiterate, it does not change any existing rules, nor does it take any power away from other agencies or offices. It does not increase compliance costs for producers or packers, and contrary to what some suggested, it does not create a new model of civil enforcement.”

The vote was postponed yesterday as some ag committee members had other commitments.

Related:

What are the big takeaways from the cattle market hearings?

Firing Back at Packers: Meatpacking industry under the microscope of House Ag Committee

Producers and packers are not in the same business






LATEST STORIES BY THIS AUTHOR:
Spot prices for corn posted another three-year low last week and they are mimicking a trend seen about a decade ago.
The deluxe album will be available April 5th
Supporters donated $1,161,970, and all of that money will go towards helping our nation’s future ag leaders.
On top of the ongoing war, Ukraine is also dealing with protests with Poland over what producers are calling unfair competition when it comes to grain exports.
His debut album Cold Beer & Country Music is set to release on April 5th
Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join Host and Market Day Report Anchor Christina Loren as she interviews members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
Farm Traveler is for people who want to connect with their food and those who grow it. Thanks to direct-to-consumer businesses, agritourism, and social media, it’s now easier than ever to learn how our food is made and support local farmers. Here on the Farm Traveler, we want to connect you with businesses offering direct-to-consumer products you can try at home, agritourism sites you can visit with your family, and exciting new technologies that are changing how your food is being grown.
Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.