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House Subcommittee Approves Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry titles of 2007 Farm Bill

US - The House Agriculture Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Subcommittee held a markup of the farm bill title under their jurisdiction. Amendments were offered regarding arbitration, veal producer indemnity, contracts, mandatory price reporting and interstate shipment of meat products.
calendar icon 25 May 2007
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By a vote of 8 to 6, the subcommittee approved an amendment offered by Chairman Boswell (D-3-IA) that would allow for the use of arbitration for livestock or poultry contracts to resolve a dispute only after the dispute arises and both parties consent in writing to use arbitration. The members that supported the amendment were Representatives Boswell (D-3-IA), Gillibrand (D-20-NY), Kagen (D-8-WI), Holden (D-17-PA), Baca (D-43-CA), Donnelly (D-2-IN), Costa (D-20-CA), and Mahoney (D-16-FL). Members that opposed the measure were Representatives Hayes (R-8-NC), King (R-5-IA), Conaway (R-11-TX), Schmidt (R-2-OH), Smith (R-3-NE), and Walberg (R-7-MI). Members absent were Representatives Rogers (R-3-AL), Foxx (R-5-NC), Cardoza (D-18-CA), and Lampson (D-22-TX).

The subcommittee also approved an amendment offered by Rep. Kagen (D-8-WI) by a vote of 8 to 6 that would authorize $12 million to veal producers for market losses during the 2005 production year. The members that supported the amendment were Representatives Boswell (D-3-IA), Gillibrand (D-20-NY), Kagen (D-8-WI), Holden (D-17-PA), Baca (D-43-CA), Donnelly (D-2-IN), Costa (D-20-CA), and Mahoney (D-16-FL). Members that opposed the measure were Representatives Hayes (R-8-NC), King (R-5-IA), Conaway (R-11-TX), Schmidt (R-2-OH), Smith (R-3-NE), and Walberg (R-7-MI). Members absent were Representatives Rogers (R-3-AL), Foxx (R-5-NC), Cardoza (D-18-CA), and Lampson (D-22-TX).

Chairman Boswell offered and withdrew an amendment that would prohibit a contractor from requiring a producer to make additional capitol investments that exceed a production contract’s initial investment. The measure would have also required that a contractor cannot terminate or cancel a production contract involving investment without giving the producer written notice and 90 days to address the causes of termination.

Chairman Boswell also offered and withdrew an amendment concerning mandatory price reporting that would change the definition of negotiated purchase and negotiated sale from livestock that are scheduled for delivery not later than 21 days. The current program is defined as not later then 14 days.