Charleston Gazette-Mail | WV Farmer Part of Lawsuit to Give Contract Growers More Legal Strength

“This also means contract farmers need the necessary legal protection to make sure the company doesn’t burn them if they speak out or complain, according to [Mike] Weaver. That’s why the Organization for Competitive Markets sued the USDA and Secretary Sonny Perdue in the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis for withdrawing the “Farmer Fair Practices Rule.” The rule was passed late in the Obama administration and never took effect. If it did, it would lower the bar for farmers to sue the meat companies they are under contract with.”


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