Eight Questions You Might Not Know You Have About the Packers and Stockyards Act

What is the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA)?

  • Engaging in unfair or deceptive practices in the marketplace.
  • Giving “undue preferences” to any persons or localities in the conduct of their purchasing or business dealings.
  • Engaging in activity that manipulates prices, creates monopolies, or in other ways illegally restrains fair competition.

Why should I care about it right now?

  • A rule placing limits on the “tournament system” used by poultry corporations to restrict the pay and power of contract poultry growers.
  • A rule boosting enforcement against an updated set of unfair, deceptive, or discriminatory industry practices.
  • A rule clarifying that farmers who seek to bring a lawsuit under the provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act need not prove that the corporate conduct prompting their individual grievance resulted in harm to competition in the industry overall.

What is the poultry tournament system, and how should the USDA seek to reform its use?

What unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory practices should the USDA seek to stop?

Why is the USDA’s clarification concerning industry-wide competitive injury important?

These rules make a lot of sense, why aren’t they already on the books?

What could get in the way this time?

What can I do?



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