COMMENT: Administration Chooses Corporate Profit Over Family Farmers
October 17, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration Chooses Corporate Profit Over Family Farmers
This is truly a sad day for American farmers. Without the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule on competitive injury, it will be virtually impossible for family farmers to defend themselves against unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory practices by packers and poultry dealers. Farmers will lose even the most basic protections – protections that folks in any other profession would take as a given, like the ability to understand how their pay is calculated or the right to bring abusers to court without having to prove harm to an entire industry in the process. By withdrawing this rule, the Administration is leaving GIPSA toothless and telling American family farmers to sit quietly while it ushers forward the further consolidation and degradation of their industries.
Adding insult to injury, the merits on which the Administration has based its withdrawal of the Interim Final Rule are flimsy at best – anyone familiar with this issue can see that the Department has taken its talking points directly from the packers and aggregators. The charges that this rule would lead to more consolidation, excessive litigation, and increased costs for producers are baseless. The decision to withdraw the rule is nothing more than a smokescreen to allow packers and integrators to further consolidate their power. The agribusinesses behind this decision are not interested in the fate of family farmers, in consumer choice, or in fairness. They are interested only in further increasing their own bottom lines, an interest this Administration seems to share.
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A grower no longer has equal protection under law based on our constitution, as is the right of every citizen. The law of equal protection has been rendered useless by those with money to buy and pocket the politicians. I find the maneuver to remove these much needed regulations as merely a thumb in to dam to prevent any draining of the corruption laden swamp in Washington. This is an effort to keep the “good old boy” system working to line the pockets of politicians in our government.
The corporatization of the United States cannot be allowed to proceed unchecked. This is a time when all hands need to be on deck to set the train of democracy in America back on track before it derails completely.