IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 4, 2017
Mr. Grassley introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.
Prohibition on packers owning, feeding, or controlling livestock
Section 202 of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (7 U.S.C. 192), is amended—
by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections (g) and (h), respectively;
by inserting after subsection (e) the following:
Own or feed livestock directly, through a subsidiary, or through an arrangement that gives the packer operational, managerial, or supervisory control over the livestock, or over the farming operation that produces the livestock, to such an extent that the producer is no longer materially participating in the management of the operation with respect to the production of the livestock, except that this subsection shall not apply to—
an arrangement entered into within 7 days (excluding any Saturday or Sunday) before slaughter of the livestock by a packer, a person acting through the packer, or a person that directly or indirectly controls, or is controlled by or under common control with, the packer;
a cooperative or entity owned by a cooperative, if a majority of the ownership interest in the cooperative is held by active cooperative members that—
own, feed, or control livestock; and
provide the livestock to the cooperative for slaughter;
a packer that is not required to report to the Secretary on each reporting day (as defined in section 212 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1635a)) information on the price and quantity of livestock purchased by the packer; or
a packer that owns 1 livestock processing plant; or
in subsection (h) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)), by striking
or (e) and inserting
(e), or (f).
Subject to paragraph (2), the amendments made by subsection (a) take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.
In the case of a packer that on the date of enactment of this Act owns, feeds, or controls livestock intended for slaughter in violation of section 202(f) of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (as amended by subsection (a)), the amendments made by subsection (a) apply to the packer—
in the case of a packer of swine, beginning on the date that is 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act; and
in the case of a packer of any other type of livestock, beginning as soon as practicable, but not later than 180 days, after the date of enactment of this Act, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.