Baker, who was a sale-barn operator and cow-calf producer for more than 40 years, said the proposal would take ranchers back to the days before incentives were paid for better quality cattle. "If you have dang good cattle, you want to take advantage of the grid program. It's just a marketing tool," he told Agri-Pulse, a Washington-based newsletter.
Baker said the Packers and Stockyards Act gives GIPSA the necessary authority to oversee the livestock markets and he blames current GIPSA Administrator Dudley Butler for Eastern Livestock Company's collapse, suggesting he was too preoccupied with the proposed reform. Agri-Pulse is subscription-only but offers a free, four-issue trial subscription.