Unfair and discriminatory practices by meat industry giants have been squeezing independent farmers and ranchers out of business at an alarming rate.
But after decades of failure to enforce antitrust legislation against Big Meat, the 2008 Farm bill required the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enact and enforce Fair Farm Rules.
Now, the rules have been written, but USDA hasn't finalized them yet. And meat industry giants have been putting enormous pressure on Secretary Vilsack and the Obama Administration to weaken these rules that would, for the first time, provide fair market protections for small and midsize farmers.
Tell Sec. Vilsack and Pres. Obama: Save our family farmers. Enact Fair Farm Rules!
- Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Access to healthy food requires the success of independent family farms. I strongly encourage USDA to finish and implement the proposed Fair Farm Rule to protect independent farmers and ranchers from unfair practices of giant meat packing companies.
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