Packers and Stockyards Act

Packers & Stockyards Act, 1921, As Amended (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions on the Enforcement of Undue and Unreasonable Preferences under the Packers and Stockyards Act

Regulations Under the Packers & Stockyards Act

  • Part 201 - Regulations Under the Packers & Stockyards Act
  • Part 203 - Statements of General Policy Issued Under The Packers & Stockyards Act
  • Part 206 - Swine Contract Library

Regulated Entities Under the Packers and Stockyards Act

Reporting Violations of the P&S Act

As stated by Congress, the purpose of the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) is "to assure fair competition and fair trade practices, to safeguard farmers and ranchers...to protect consumers...and to protect members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries from unfair, deceptive, unjustly discriminatory and monopolistic practices...."

Accordingly, AMS encourages farmers, ranchers and other producers, consumers, and members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries to report incidents of a) slow, insufficient, or non-payment for livestock, meat, or poultry, b) potential antitrust practices, or c) unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices by entities subject to the P&S Act. See the P&S Act Fact Sheet (pdf) for a more complete description of the practices subject to AMS's enforcement.

Any person can report to AMS violations or suspected violations and abuses in the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.

Livestock, Meat, & Poultry
USDA, AMS, FTPP
STOP 3601
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-3601
1-833-DIAL-PSD 1-833-342-5773 (toll-free)
FAX: 202-205-9237
Email: PSDComplaints@usda.gov