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New USDA rule outlines standards for livestock contracts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is finalizing a new rule to set clearer standards on discrimination and retaliation in livestock contracts under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

The inclusive competition rule doesn’t allow hostile treatment of livestock and poultry growers based on race, color, sex, age or disability. It also doesn’t allow discrimination against a livestock or poultry cooperative.

Producers are also protected from retaliation if they enter a business relationship with a competing packer/swine contractor or live poultry dealer.

New USDA rule outlines standards for livestock contracts