Pork Industry Loses Appeal on Line Speeds


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

July 16, 2021


Pork processors were nixed in their bid to stay a lower court's decision that killed part of a USDA rule that let plants operate without line-speed limits, reports Pro Farmer analyst Jim Wiesemeyer.


“In a one-line ruling, a circuit court just basically denied the appeal by four major hog processors,” Wiesemeyer said during the Friday Free for All on AgriTalk. “So where do we from here? Remember what Vilsack told AgriTalk about a month ago. Maybe there can be a negotiated settlement between the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the industry. That's how labor unions solve it. Give them a higher labor rate, and they'll work with you.”


Wiesemeyer said that is what he thinks could and should happen.


AgriTalk host Chip Flory added that USDA Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack indicated in that discussion that there may be some sort of payment coming that would help to offset some of the losses that smaller operators may experience from the line speed slowdown.


But Flory isn’t holding his breath. “We're just going to lose capacity,” he said.


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