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Econ101

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Don't know what kind of hearing, but this is at least a start. Things like this can be burried with no action or real results. We will have to see how extensive this "investigation" happens to be.

MRJ, Agman, Tam, other packer backers, where was your call for this to happen?

Your silence was deafening.


Senators Gets Wish, GIPSA Hearing Scheduled

KTIC 840 Rural Radio



Last month - the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee - Iowa's Tom Harkin - along with a bi-partisan group of 11 other Senators - officially asked Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss to hold hearings on USDA's Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration - better known as GIPSA.



On Tuesday - Harkin's request was answered - when Chambliss announced a hearing to review USDA management and oversight of the Packers and Stockyards Act.



Harkin's request for a hearing came after a USDA Inspector General report said GIPSA had never enforced the Packers and Stockyards Act - had faked enforcement efforts - and even actively squelched the efforts of GIPSA employees who tried to enforce the law. Ultimately - the report saw a need for significant improvements in GIPSA management, planning and policy formulation.



The Committee will meet next Thursday - March 9th - at 9:30 Central time. Members will hear from GIPSA Administrator Jim Link - USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong - and GAO Acting Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Team Daniel Bertoni.





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Today 2/16/2006 11:05:00 AM

Ag Update: Enzi Makes Competitive Markets A Priority



Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not been properly investigating anti-competitive agricultural product markets and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is co-sponsoring legislation to increase producer protections and competition.



“Complaints into anti-competitive practices are not being investigated by the USDA. We need to clean up the system This bill addresses the top needs of producers to ensure that no more investigations are being blocked,” said Enzi.



Enzi co-sponsored the bill which would, for the first time in 80 years, define the word “unfair” as used in the Packers and Stockyard Act.



“Recent actions by courts across the county have put producers on the defensive. They’ve been forced to carry an unfair burden by being required to show the competitive harm to themselves as well as to everyone in the industry. This is an almost impossible situation. This bill would put fairness into the system by making it so producers only have to prove competitive harm to themselves for the particular case in question,” said Enzi.



The bill would also establish an Office of Special Counsel for Competition matters whose leader would be brought before the U.S. Senate for confirmation. The office would be created to investigate and prosecute violations on competition matters.



A recent report issued by the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General in early January found that the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), which is charged with enforcing the Packers and Stockyards Act, prevented employees from conducting investigations of anti-competitive markets and actually embellished the number of investigations being conducted so it would appear they were being responsive.



Last week Enzi signed a bipartisan letter to Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, calling for a hearing into the actions of GIPSA.



The Packers and Stockyards Act was enacted in 1921 to protect livestock and poultry producers from fraud, abuse and anti-competitive behavior.
 

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Saxby Chambliss is from Georgia, the largest poultry producing state in the U.S.

We will see what side of the fence Saxby is on with the results of this "investigation". One of the problems with the marriage of K street and the politicians, is that the power Saxby has over this issue is clouded by the donations his republican buddies have been receiving from the packers and the agribusinesses. All the republicans that are getting agribusiness money know where it comes from and so does Saxby. It is part of the way the bribe/ money laundering game on capital hill has been played and allowed positions in the USDA to be manned by packer backers and industry agribusiness.

My gut reaction is that Saxby may have the same problem that one of the Canadian posters expressed on this forum about riding on the fence.

We will see.
 

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Econ101 said:
Don't know what kind of hearing, but this is at least a start. Things like this can be burried with no action or real results. We will have to see how extensive this "investigation" happens to be.

MRJ, Agman, Tam, other packer backers, where was your call for this to happen?

Your silence was deafening.


Senators Gets Wish, GIPSA Hearing Scheduled

KTIC 840 Rural Radio



Last month - the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee - Iowa's Tom Harkin - along with a bi-partisan group of 11 other Senators - officially asked Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss to hold hearings on USDA's Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration - better known as GIPSA.



On Tuesday - Harkin's request was answered - when Chambliss announced a hearing to review USDA management and oversight of the Packers and Stockyards Act.



Harkin's request for a hearing came after a USDA Inspector General report said GIPSA had never enforced the Packers and Stockyards Act - had faked enforcement efforts - and even actively squelched the efforts of GIPSA employees who tried to enforce the law. Ultimately - the report saw a need for significant improvements in GIPSA management, planning and policy formulation.



The Committee will meet next Thursday - March 9th - at 9:30 Central time. Members will hear from GIPSA Administrator Jim Link - USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong - and GAO Acting Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Team Daniel Bertoni.





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I all the claims that were made regarding GIPSA can you point one that suggested they failed to determine if their was market manipulation?

If there are improprieties then I have no problem with these hearings. Correct the deficiencies.
 

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agman said:
Econ101 said:
Don't know what kind of hearing, but this is at least a start. Things like this can be burried with no action or real results. We will have to see how extensive this "investigation" happens to be.

MRJ, Agman, Tam, other packer backers, where was your call for this to happen?

Your silence was deafening.


Senators Gets Wish, GIPSA Hearing Scheduled

KTIC 840 Rural Radio



Last month - the ranking Democrat on the Senate Ag Committee - Iowa's Tom Harkin - along with a bi-partisan group of 11 other Senators - officially asked Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss to hold hearings on USDA's Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration - better known as GIPSA.



On Tuesday - Harkin's request was answered - when Chambliss announced a hearing to review USDA management and oversight of the Packers and Stockyards Act.



Harkin's request for a hearing came after a USDA Inspector General report said GIPSA had never enforced the Packers and Stockyards Act - had faked enforcement efforts - and even actively squelched the efforts of GIPSA employees who tried to enforce the law. Ultimately - the report saw a need for significant improvements in GIPSA management, planning and policy formulation.



The Committee will meet next Thursday - March 9th - at 9:30 Central time. Members will hear from GIPSA Administrator Jim Link - USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong - and GAO Acting Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Team Daniel Bertoni.





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I all the claims that were made regarding GIPSA can you point one that suggested they failed to determine if their was market manipulation?

If there are improprieties then I have no problem with these hearings. Correct the deficiencies.

Get the transcripts and testimony released, Agman.
 

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Members will hear from GIPSA Administrator Jim Link - USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong - and GAO Acting Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Team Daniel Bertoni.
GO PHYLLIS!!!!!
 
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GO PHYLISS, YOU TELL PACKER BLAMERS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR, NOT WHAT "FACTS" WILL SUPPORT.

For the sake of the packer blamers, I hope you find what Pickett failed to.


~SH~
 

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~SH~ said:
GO PHYLISS, YOU TELL PACKER BLAMERS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR, NOT WHAT "FACTS" WILL SUPPORT.

For the sake of the packer blamers, I hope you find what Pickett failed to.


~SH~

You mean what the judges failed to. :roll: :roll: :roll:
 

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Panel questions Homeland Security inspection of food
By Jerry Hagstrom, CongressDailyPM


Agriculture Department Inspector General Phyllis Fong and several members of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee expressed concern Wednesday about whether the Homeland Security Department is properly inspecting food and other agricultural items when they arrive in the United States.
Neither Fong nor the committee members provided any hard evidence of problems, but Fong said she and the Homeland Security Department's inspector general were conducting a joint review of inspection functions. Once the province of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, they were transferred to Homeland Security when that department was created.

"We are still very concerned about whether that broader inspection is being carried out," Fong said in testimony.

Fong said the joint inquiry was only in the stage of field investigation and had reached no conclusions.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, suggested the inspector general focus on the impact of the inspections on plants from other countries. House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Henry Bonilla, R-Texas, said he had asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the food inspection process. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, who noted he also sits on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said, "Apparently there are still some unresolved issues about what the heck [the department] is doing."

Under questioning from Agriculture Appropriations ranking member Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Fong acknowledged it was APHIS Administrator Ron DeHaven who made the decision not to conduct further tests on a Texas cow whose initial test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was inconclusive. Further tests ordered by the inspector general several months later showed that the cow had the disease.

DeLauro noted that when Japan stopped importing U.S. beef in December, USDA moved faster to deal with that issue than it had when the Texas cow was tested, a sign, she said, that USDA was more concerned about trade than human health.HA HA HA HA Ha,Makes sense!

"We are taking years to deal with public health," DeLauro said. "If APHIS is in charge of avian influenza and we have the kinds of problems existing here, it doesn't bode well for public safety."
 

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