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The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced this week that the comment period for their proposed rule regarding 2008 Farm Bill regulations has been extended an additional 90 days, until November 22, 2010. The proposed rule was published in June and is meant to address contract and marketing arrangement issues in the livestock and poultry industries in accordance with requirements of the 2008 Farm Bill. The comment period was originally scheduled to end on August 23. Last week, during a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, members on both sides were clearly angry about the proposed rule, and twenty-two members of the House Agriculture Committee sent a letter asking USDA to grant a 120-day extension to the comment period. Under Secretary Edward Avalos announced the 90-day extension in a statement that can be viewedhere. (By: Torii Kappelman, Contact: Amy Mann)