Take Action – Tell Congress to stop the poultry industry from destroying small farms
In yet another attempt to manipulate an already inhumane and unjust poultry system, Tyson Foods is actively lobbying to prevent Congress from passing legislation that provides basic protections for poultry farmers. It’s no secret that the poultry industry is riddled with problems—from animal welfare abuse to environmental destruction, worker’s rights abuses and unjust contracts with small farmers—but these anti-farmer efforts are a new low.
Under the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), small poultry farmers receive basic protections—like making it illegal for companies to retaliate against farmers, and offering them access to a jury trial if grievances arise—and big poultry wants to make sure that these protections are not upheld.
As the September 30th, 2016 deadline quickly approaches for finalizing yearly spending bills, including the agriculture appropriations bills, Big Ag lobbyists like Tyson Foods are working tirelessly to pass what is known as the “GIPSA Rider.” If they are successful, this rider will intentionally block the USDA’s GIPSA from enacting the farmer protection rules that were implemented in 2011, protections that continue to be blocked by the industry.
However, together we can change this! Please sign our petition and let Congress know you support small farmers! Hurry, we need your signature by September 30, 2016!
Protections for contract farmers against the anticompetitive, deceptive, and retaliatory practices of companies like Tyson Foods are long overdue. Congress should not impede the U.S. Department of Agriculture from moving forward with rulemaking under the Packers and Stockyards Act to ensure fair competition by implementing key provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Tell Congress to oppose the GIPSA rider in 2017
Deadline of September 30th 2016 has passed
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