Grassley: USDA 'Just Pandering To Big Corporations - They Aren't Interested In The Family Farmer'
by David Pitt, Associated Press
Posted: 2017-10-20 16:02:22 EST

The Trump administration's decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States' largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said he has "violent opposition" to the move.

The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair, discriminatory or deceptive practices. Called the Farmer Fair Practice Rule, it was rolled out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during President Barack Obama's final days in office but never took effect. The agency under President Donald Trump delayed its April 22 start date for six months, then announced Tuesday that it wouldn't implement the regulation at all.

"They're just pandering to big corporations. They aren't interested in the family farmer," Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa farmer, said in an uncharacteristic criticism of the Trump administration. "The USDA is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the U.S. Department of Big Agribusiness."

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