Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more support, resources, and new rules designed to strengthen the American food supply chains. 

The new actions will promote fair and competitive agricultural markets, prevent abuse of farmers by poultry processors, and make prices fairer for farmers and American consumers. 

One of those actions is a proposed rule under the Packers and Stockyards Act intended to protect poultry growers from unfair and deceptive practices in the meat and poultry industry. 

“Growers say the ‘tournament system’ of payment is ripe for abuse,” Vilsack says. 

USDA will also make $200 million available to provide financing to independent meat and poultry processors to start up or expand operations. 

Vilsack also announced another $25 million in investments for workforce training designed to create and expand upon good-paying jobs that can strengthen the meatpacking industry by attracting and retaining employees. 

USDA is also planning a complete review of its programs to ensure they promote competition.

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)