The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the final rule on the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) on Thursday this week in the Federal Register as they were directed by Congress in the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations measure.

This final rule removes certain regulations promulgated under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (P&S Act). Under the authority granted to the Secretary of Agriculture and delegated to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, GIPSA is authorized to issue regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the P&S Act. As directed by Congress in Section 731, Division A, of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, GIPSA is rescinding certain regulations issued under the P&S Act.

The three following provisions of the GIPSA rule are rescinded immediately:

  • Definition of suspension of delivery
  • Applicability of pullets/breeders
  • 90 days’ notice before suspension of delivery of birds

GIPSA is exercising the good cause exceptions provided by the Administrative Procedure Act to forgo notice-and-comment rulemaking and proceed directly to a final rule because notice and comment rulemaking is impracticable and unnecessary since Congress has ordered the rescission of these specific sections.

The link to this official Federal Register publication is available here for your reference.