Livestock, Meat and Poultry Market Supervision


To protect producers and consumers against unfair business practices in the marketing of livestock, meat and poultry; and members of the livestock marketing and meat and poultry industries against unfair, deceptive, discriminatory, and monopolistic practices of competitors.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 07/15/2004 (Funds not available to the public)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
Stockyard Posted: FY 2001 - 1,287; FY 2002 - 1,285 (estimate); and FY 2003 - 1,280 (estimate); Investigations: FY 2001 - 1,218; FY 2002 - 1,800 (estimate); and FY 2003 - 1,800 (estimate); Slaughtering and Processing Packers: FY 2001 - 6,000; FY 2002 - 6,000 (estimate); and FY 2003 - 6,000 (estimate); Distributors, Brokers, and Dealers: FY 2001 - 6,800; FY 2002 - 6,800 (estimate); and FY 2003 - 6,800 (estimate); Market/Agencies, Dealers: FY 2001 - 6,434; FY 2002 - 6,350 (estimate); and FY 2003 - 6,300 (estimate); Poultry Firms: FY 2001 - 205; FY 2002 - 205 (estimate); and FY 2003 - 205 (estimate).
Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, as amended, Public Law 67-51; 42 Stat. 159; 7 U.S.C. 181 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any person may file a complaint alleging an illegal practice by a meat packers, stockyard owner or operator, livestock commission person, livestock dealer, or live poultry dealer or handler.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All producers of livestock or poultry, all persons involved in the marketing, slaughtering. Processing, or handling of livestock, poultry, or meat, and all consumers of meat and poultry or their products.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Complaints may be submitted orally or in writing to the field offices.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
There are no deadlines for filing complaints except that reparation complaints seeking awards of damages must be filed within 90 days after the cause of action occurs.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
If an award is made and the defendant does not comply, the complainant may file an action in a U.S. District Court or State court within one year from the date of the Secretary's order.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The assistance is designated to maintain fair and competitive conditions in the livestock, poultry, and meat industries and return to producers fair market value for their products. Reparation awards for money damages can be granted against stockyard owners or operators, livestock commission persons, or dealers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Complaints may be filed with the Packers and Stockyards Programs' Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Deputy Administrator for Packers and Stockyards Programs, STOP 3641, Room 3039, South Building, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Telephone: (202)720-7051.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 02 $16,062,000; FY 03 est $14,928,000; and FY 04 est $19,348,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Packers and Stockyards Act and Regulations, 7 U.S.C. 181 et seq.; 9 CFR 201.1; "The Packers and Stockyards Act - Economic Law and Order in the Market Place" PA-1374; "Prompt Payment for Livestock Under P&S Act" PA-1360; "Accurate Weights - Guidelines for Weighing Livestock," PA-986. There is no charge for these publications.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.