USDA Extends Public Comment Period on Livestock Market Equitable-Access Rule

USDA extended the comment period for its proposed rule, “Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act,” for an additional 45 days through January 17, 2023. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register October 3, 2022, with comments originally due by December 2, 2022. USDA is proposing modernized regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act’s provisions prohibiting undue prejudice, unjust discrimination, and deception to provide for clearer, more effective standards to govern the modern marketplace. USDA is accepting comments at Regulations.gov. Information regarding the proposed rule and commenting process is available in a recorded webinar on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Fair and Competitive Markets webpage.