Gianforte Remains Silent On Repeal of Rule that Benefits Independent Farms
| Helena – Last week, the Administration in Washington repealed a Department of Agriculture interim rule that was written to help level the playing field for family farms and ranches in Montana and across the country. However, as many elected officials who represent rural areas spoke out immediately and aggressively against the roll back of these protections, Congressman Greg Gianforte has remained silent, even days later.
The interim rule which was repealed last week would have allowed independent Montana farmers and ranchers to bring lawsuits against the largest agricorporations for unfair and deceptive practices, without also needing to prove that a corporation’s actions affected the entire industry. However, with the repeal of the interim rule commonly referred to as the “GIPSA”, local farmers will continue to be subject to the whims of unfair and deceptive practices by multinational corporations that often force independent farms and ranches into bankruptcy.
“Montana farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our state,” said Nancy Keenan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Any Montana leader who refuses to stand up for our rural communities against predatory multinational corporations does not share or understand Montana values. If Greg Gianforte really wants to be a ‘strong voice for all of Montana’, he’ll start fighting for the folks he represents instead of big money special interests.”