Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics. June 27, 2001. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln .


In 1999 South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri enacted statutes limiting price differentials being paid by packers to livestock producers. The South Dakota statute was ruled unconstitutional in August 1999 for interfering with interstate commerce. The Nebraska Attorney General ruled in 2000 that state packer price restrictions were preempted by October 1999 federal livestock price reporting requirements. The Missouri statute was upheld as constitutional in 2001. This newsletter issue will contrast the three decisions, and consider what legal options are available to the Nebraska Unicameral should it wish to re-establish limits on livestock price differentials paid by packers.