National Ag Law Center schedules workshops, webinar to explain GIPSA livestock & poultry rules

By Stewart Doan

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Fayetteville, AR, Sept. 1 – The National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) at the University of Arkansas announced Wednesday that it will conduct a series of workshops, including a webinar, for livestock and poultry producers to help them understand the impact of a controversial federal proposal to increase marketplace fairness and transparency.

The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), the USDA agency responsible for issuing regulations that govern contracting, buying and selling of food-producing animals, has drafted new rules that, if finalized, would “drastically change” the way producers, packers, dealers and contractors raise, buy and sell cattle, hogs and chickens, the NALC said in a release.

At each workshop, the NALC said, staff attorneys will provide an overview of GIPSA’s proposed rule changes, review the USDA rule-making process, and explain how to submit comments on the regulatory proposal.

The webinar will be hosted via eXtension for participants around the country. All workshops are free and open to the public.

The NALC workshop schedule is as follows:

Northwest Arkansas Workshop (Fayetteville, AR)

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Time: 6-8 p.m. (CST)

Place: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena, Room 108

Central Arkansas Workshop (Russellville, AR)

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Time: 6-8 p.m. (CST)

Place: Pendergraft Library, Arkansas Tech University

Southwest Arkansas Workshop (Nashville, AR)

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Time: 6-8 p.m. (CST)

Place: Cossatot Community College, Room 102

Webinar (Nationwide)

Date: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CST)

Webinar Instructions:

Before the webinar, please visit the following URL to confirm your ability to connect to the server:

At the meeting time, click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser to enter the meeting: That URL will be a login page. Enter your name under the "Enter as a Guest" heading. Click on "Enter Room." The instructions that detail how to join the integrated phone audio conference will display when you join the meeting.

For more information on the workshops or on the proposed rules, contact the NALC at (479) 387-2331.

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