WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) will hold three town hall meetings on the implementation of the 2008 Farm Bell.

During the meetings, the public can provide comments and recommendations related to the pork and poultry industries.

The GIPSA will reportedly used the comments and recommendations gathered at these meetings to write the regulations needed to implement sections 11005 and 11006 of the 2008 Farm Bill. Attendees should be prepared to discuss the specific provisions, the problems Congress means to address through the Farm Bill and possible regulatory solutions that would correct those problems. Attendees are requested to discuss potential benefits and costs of their recommendations as well.

The meetings will be in Arkansas, Iowa and Georgia, and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each day.

The meeting locations are:

Oct. 14, 2008

Crawford County Cooperative Extension Office

105 Pointer Trail West

Van Buren, Arkansas 72956

Oct. 16, 2008

Iowa State University Scheman Building

Room 275

1810 Lincoln Way

Ames, Iowa 50010

Oct. 22, 2008

Hall County FSA Building

734 East Crescent Drive

Gainesville, Georgia 30501

If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you can comment via an audio bridge by calling 870-950-5739; the participant pass code is 6969173#. During the meeting, you can send questions or comments to Jeana.M.Harbison@usda.gov.


Source: American Meat Institute